"It’s Just One of Those Things" - Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - by Dianne Prince
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (KJV)
When I was a girl, Miss Carrie was our neighbor. She was a “sanctified” preacher. During those days, we called members of the holiness church “sanctified.” I later learned that all Christians are sanctified through the blood of Jesus. One day, Miss Carrie’s granddaughter Angie, who lived with her, was hit by a car. Angie did not survive. She was eleven years old. I asked my mother, “Why would the Lord allow such a young person to die?” And, “Why did He allow something to happen to, of all people, Miss Carrie’s family?” My Mother looked at me and said, “It’s just one of those things.”
When I was a child, every time something bad happened that I did not understand, my mother would always respond with, “It’s just one of those things.” As I became older, I came to understand what she was really saying was, “God is sovereign and we will not always understand why He does what He does. He does what He wants to do, when He wants to do it, and He involves whomever He wants to involve.”
My mother was really teaching me that there are many things over which we have no control, and we are to “go with the flow”, understanding the most powerful thing we can do is trust God, and believe that all things work together for our good. We don’t always understand what God does, or why He allows certain things to happen, but we are to acknowledge His work, accept it, pray for strength to trust Him, and move on.
Everyone has experienced a “just one of those things” moment. Sickness is “just one of those things”, when you have done all you could to take care of your self and you end up with an unexpected illness.
It is “just one of those things” when you are doing the best you can to make ends meet—tithing every Sunday, giving at every opportunity—but you still find yourself living from paycheck to paycheck, with just enough money to make it from week to week. You look up and the refrigerator is broken. You fix that, and the roof springs a leak. You fix that, and your child or grand child gets sick. You pay the doctor for that and low and behold another unexpected financial emergency pops up. Life happens.
It’s “just one of those things” when you’re pressured on every side, hemmed in at every turn, crowded by situation after situation and circumstance after circumstance.
It’s “just one of those things” when you have been a caregiver for one loved one, using all the time you have, giving them the best care possible, and you turn around and a second loved one gets sick.
We live in an “it’s just one of those things" world, where desperate situations occur everyday. It may not seem like it, but in the midst of whatever that “thing” is; God is always working in our lives. He sees beforehand what is coming around the corner. He has already made provision for what you need to get through the day. You don’t see it. You don’t hear it. Nevertheless, God is quietly at work, on your behalf. He is putting plans in motion in the background. He is putting people in place invisible to you. He is orchestrating circumstances that you will never know about. At God’s appointed time, things will work out. Before we can figure it out, God has already worked “that thing” out. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Christians are not exempt from trouble simply because they live right, do the right thing, and treat other people right. God allows rain to fall on the just and the unjust. He allows trouble to come into each and every one of our lives. Life happens. Consider trouble “just one of those things” that God uses to get you closer to your destiny. He uses it to build up your trust. And, He uses it to reveal to you your weakest areas. Trouble comes. Be confident that God is intimately aware of it. He is in control of it and, He is working it out. So, encourage yourself. Pray your way through to victory.
More daily inspiration can be found in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.