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Mark Tate

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
I’m a BIG fan of eating cake. Do you like to eat cake? If you’ve ever baked a cake then you would know what ingredients are used to make one. But would you ever consider eating the ingredients of a cake separately? A spoon of flour, a raw egg, a little oil?...Yuk! Of course there is the sugar too - yum! :)
Life can be a lot like a cake! Separately there are some bitter times, some raw, hurtful times, and some dry, bland times. This lockdown sometimes feels like a bitter time! But there are also the good times, even in lockdown you may have celebrated a birthday, a good meal, time with your family. Some of the cake ingredients by themselves don’t  taste very good, but when everything is mixed together we have a delicious cake to eat!
God is able to blend the good and the bad experiences in our lives together for our good. All together they create a life that is meaningful, useful, and tasty! Romans 8:28 is a beautiful promise: "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His good purpose."
No - all things are not good, but in God's hands they can be mixed and blended along with the good into a beautiful creation. It's during the bad times that we see how BIG our God is. He loves each of us and He is in control; we can trust Him!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. I trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. Give me Your strength and peace today and fill me with Your faith to overcome. In Jesus’ Name. Amen 
Prayer Request: For God's strength and guidance for chaplains working in prisons, hospitals and school, bringing hope in this time.