And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -- Romans 8:28 (NLT)
Not quite three years ago I participated in a process at church called "Focused Living." One exercise that we did individually was to make a timeline of our lives, writing significant events on yellow post-it notes. We then took the painful events and transferred them to pink post-it notes.
After putting all the post-it notes in chronological order, something significant surfaced.
It was during the "pink" times that I would ask God "Why?" It was during the pink times that I asked God "How could you let this happen? I thought you loved me!"
It was not long after the pink times that God would place me in situations and bring people into my life that would strengthen me and help me move forward in my faith.
One circumstance that comes to mind was when my husband and I relocate over 300 miles away from Long Beach a town of a little less than 50,000 people in Central California. Away from family and friends that we love and that love us, to a town where we knew virtually no one. About a year after the move, my husband made the decision to move back to Southern California (I won't get into reasons here). The problem was, I couldn't move back, because my job was where I was. So, for a year and a half we were geographically separated.
Pink Post-it Note. Big time.
God is good, even when life is bad. During this time I had people in my life that strengthened me spiritually. A guy named Pete H., who had been going through a huge pink post-it of his own at the time, gave me a word of encouragement. "Make your decisions based on eternity, not on your circumstances." Those words helped me to hold on, to work on rebuilding my marriage, to move forward in my relationship with God.
Even though that was a painful experience, and at the time I couldn't fully understand why God would allow it, I can see that God never left my side and brought me through it and toward becoming the person I am today.
Do you have a story of a "Pink Post-it" experience where you saw that God is good even when life is bad?