“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28, NIV
In 1943, Naval Engineer, Richard James wanted to help the American war effort. He knew that delicate and sensitive navigational instruments in the bridges of warships tended not to function properly in high seas. He attempted to create a series of hyper-sensitive springs to stabilize these instruments, but each spring he created failed to accomplish the task. He tried and tried without success. One day he knocked a box of these springs over in his workshop and noticed the amusing way they “walked” down the stairs. Yes, Mr. James had failed to help the Navy, but many American kids would enjoy his wonderful wiggling mistake called the “slinky”.
God has the power to do the same in our lives. Try as we might, we fail and even make a mess of our lives. Sometimes our messes are the product of a bad environment or our bad choices, but Paul reminds us in Romans 8:28 that God can maximize and give meaning even to our greatest mistakes. Remember, Paul understood this principle all too well. In his early life, he was the church’s greatest enemy. Paul was guilty of pursuing, imprisoning, and persecuting believers. Then he met Jesus. He was not only saved, called, and forgiven, but God used his mistake-filled past to dramatically demonstrate the life-changing power of Jesus Christ. He still does the same today.
So what life mistake have you made that, confessed and surrendered to Christ, God can bring meaning to? You would be surprised at how well some mistakes can turn out. Richard James did not make it very far as a naval engineer, but his slinkies have done pretty well. If you took all the slinkies sold from 1943 to the present, they would stretch around the world 126 times!
QUESTION: What life mistake do you need to confess and surrender to God?