God Moves in Mysterious Ways
God Moves in a Mysterious Way is the title of a hymn, written by William Cowper in 1774. Indeed, He does and it’s awesome to see the ways that God moves, bringing people together. Just this past week, after I’d preached a sermon, Darcy Hawes sent me a Facebook message about something she had seen that reminded her of the message of Job. In that message she shared a Facebook post submitted by one of her friends from her former church in Colorado Springs. I contacted her friend and asked if I could share it for your benefit. As you read it, ponder the wonder and mystery of God in the midst of sorrow.
“No words can express how much the world owes to sorrow. Most of the Psalms were born in the wilderness. Most of the Epistles were written in a prison. The greatest thoughts of the greatest thinkers have all passed through fire. The greatest poets have ‘learned in suffering what they taught in song.’ In bonds Bunyan lived the allegory that he afterwards wrote, and we may thank Bedford Jail for Pilgrim’s Progress. Take comfort, afflicted Christian! When God is about to make pre-eminent use of a person, He put them in the fire.” - George MacDonald