St. Patrick the Missionary

ShamrockWe know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, —those whom He has called according to His plan. – Romans 8:28

Bad things happen to good people.  The scripture tells us “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt 5:45).  Sometimes our heartaches are the result of our own poor choices or the intervention of others.  Unfortunately, we cannot see the final outcome while the rain is falling.  We can be blinded by the drops of pain or bitterness such that we cannot comprehend a future beyond the moment. Hind sight is indeed 20/20.

We know of many lives that endured terrible circumstances only to reap an unexpected benefit from the experience in the end.  Joseph, sold by his own brothers and imprisoned in Egypt saved his people from famine and starvation.  David, the youngest of his family sent to fight Goliath, hunted by Saul, corrupted by his own desires, yet became the greatest King of Israel and renowned Psalmist.  Even the man called St. Patrick, who is celebrated on this day as the most influential missionary to the Irish people, spent his teens as a kidnapped captive, tending sheep in a strange country all alone.

It was in these most dire of circumstances that God was most near, that His children felt His comfort, and that they grew and were prepared to fulfill the distant destiny that awaited them. Whatever awaits you may be on the other side of the storm.

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