When asked to give my testimony, I never know what to say. God didn’t come into my life on a blazing horse, saving me in the middle of some catastrophic event or dark moment. As far back as I can remember, I always remember him being there. Which is amazing since I didn’t grow up in a Christian home.
Yet to look back over my life is to see the constant impression of God’s fingerprints and his divine plan connecting each joy and trial to the next in an amazing display of perfect planning and preparation.
I believe God ingrained Romans 8:28 into the very cells of my body and mind. I knew this truth as a young child before I ever read that Scripture. In fact, everything fell into place the first time I read it, and I finally understood the pattern of my life. That God was, is and will be that pattern.
My testimony lives in the moments where God made his undeniable presence known. Moments bathed in fabulous glory and reassurance. Moments designed to grow and mature me. Moments that make persevering and trusting God possible now as we travel this latest trial with our daughter. I can look back to many events and see how even then God was preparing us for this time.
The pattern of our lives is exquisite. For me, this is the strongest and most beautiful evidence of God’s inimitable presence. And my greatest testimony. This instills such deep gratitude within me. I am overawed and overjoyed when I examine God’s fingerprints and discover the delicate yet enduring tapestry he uses. From past to present. From present to future. He is in all and in him all things hold together (Col. 1:17).
So I can with deepest appeal say that my past trials and experiences have uniquely prepared me for what we face now, and this current trial will become an integral part and reference for the future. For God truly uses and works in all things to bring good to those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
And I am grateful, thankful, and rejoice in every bit of it.
Praying and believing,