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Written By: Kim Johnson

Allow me to introduce myself to you world. Hi my name is Kim! I am a blogger, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a sister, a godmother, a niece, a cousin, a mentor, a friend and an ex-wife (LOL). I hold four distinguished college degrees and I am a retired postal employee. I have suffered great losses, and have experienced extreme sadness. On the other hand, I have experienced joys that were so great, they were almost euphoric. The most important information about me is, I am a child of God. Whew! Now that I have said all of that, what does it all mean? I’ll tell you what it means, it means that all of my life’s experiences happened for a reason and that God is going to use them for His good and His glory.

When I look at my life it seems so scattered to me, and it doesn’t make any sense. Why did I go to college and get all of those degrees which had nothing to do with the job that I held in the postal service? Why did I have to go through such deep hurt when I divorced? Why did I have to meet that person, and that person? Etc. it all makes no sense to me. One thing I have learned by studying God’s Word is, God will connect all of the dots and that both the good and bad stuff, will either be used, or has been used as an example for others, or to do work in me.

Sisters, nothing that has happened in your life is a waste. Those obstacles that were meant to destroy you, those failures you felt, and all those disappointments, those unpleasant experiences, the challenges, the sickness, that death, those promotions, yes! that success, the births, your friends, those telephone conversations, the setbacks, that gossip about you, your job, those blessings, your education, your marriage, that divorce, weight loss or weight gain, lay-offs, being bullied, harassment, and that rejection you felt, I could go on and on. All of those things are a part of you, and God is going to use them. “God uses everything to grow us in faith so that through us, others will come to know His mercy, grace and love” (Hiley, 2017).

In the bible it says, God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, and to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

I like the way Pastor Charles Stanley explains it, he says, “on this side of heaven we may never understand how all things can work together for good for God’s children. Though not all things we experience are in themselves pleasant or helpful, some of them are very painful, we are promised that God uses everything for our benefit. Therefore, we must have faith that He will turn our failures and hardships into opportunities for spiritual growth.

“God is for us. He is not against us. He often uses trials to position us for greater blessing, and even in times of great disappointment, we can trust that He has our best in mind and will work all things out for our good. He knows how He wants to use the disappointment or hardship for our benefit, and He desires that we see Him as our only source of salvation and blessing (Jeremiah 29:11)

Sister to sister do you hear me? There are no wasted years. God is going to connect all of the dots in your life, and everything is going to come together for you. Just keep your eyes focused on God and watch how He uses the things that have happened in your life.

 

References
Hiley, A. D. (2017, September 9). Nothing in Our Lives Is A Waste- God Uses Everything In Our Lives To Grow Us. Retrieved from https://soundfaith.com/sermons/206196-nothing-in-our-lives-is-a-waste-god-uses-everything-in-our-lives-to-grow-us.-sermon-170917
Stanley, C. F. (2009). Life Principles Bible. In C. Stanley (Ed.). Thomas Nelson.