The Overflow

living in the overflow of God's goodness through every season

Live. Love. Dream.

FaithSara Barratt6 Comments
 Photo Credit: Katie Santarelli

Photo Credit: Katie Santarelli

“God has a plan. A good plan, a purpose. For TODAY. For tomorrow. Even for yesterday. We will see and we will know that all things worked together for good. So let me live, love, dream, in TODAY and let God plan tomorrow.”

On November 24th, 2015 I hastily scribbled that in the back of my Bible. Now, I can’t even recall why I wrote it.

Even so, as I look back, I can’t help but wonder—did I truly believe it? Or was it merely a burst of inspiration and energized faith, stark against the daily struggle between doubt and belief?

Do I believe it now?

In my heart, I do. In my logical mind, however, the answer would often be “no.” How can I look at a world filled with so much pain, sorrow, injustice, and call it good? Does God call it good?

No. I believe His heart breaks over it all. God didn’t create suffering. It wouldn’t have been a part of His plan, if we had not first turned from Him. However, I don’t deny that God often uses suffering to refine us and draw us to Himself. There is an enemy though, who delights in injustice, in the pain of God’s children. He now reigns over this world, but his power is short-lived. He is already defeated. Crushed, along with all his schemes.

Our mighty Warrior-Savior is victorious. His plan for His children is good. So, until that day when He who is called Faithful and True rides up on His white horse and conquers the evil, once and for all, there will be suffering. But on that day, every tear shall be dried, and we will know that our Heavenly Father held us through it all, and indeed it was good. He was good.

 Photo Credit: Katie Santarelli

Photo Credit: Katie Santarelli

So now, beloved, do you believe it? Do you believe that God can bring good out of the pain of this world? Even out of the messy chaos of our day-to-day lives?

Are you willing to live through the pain? Accept the good with the bad, the joy with the sorrow? Willing to live, because He first died for us?

Are you willing to love with no reserve? Love like you’re not terrified of loss? Because we were first loved? Love because even the earth and stars will one day pass away, but Christ’s love will always remain?

Are you willing to dream? Dream in today and dream of tomorrow, hoping and praying for your dreams to come true?

And lastly, are you willing to surrender today—and tomorrow—to God? I challenge you to do so. Because, when we let go, He is able to work in us and through us.

And His plans—His ways—are infinitely above ours.