Fear No Evil, God Has a Plan [Part 1]
Are you ready for some good news?
Evil is real, but limited. God is real, but unlimited. Fear no evil – God is sovereign over it all!
Today’s Text: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (Genesis 50:20, ESV)
What seemed to be the worst thing that could have happened to Joseph turned out to be the best thing. It reminds me of Kathleen Murphy’s story.
Kathleen enjoys walking the golf course at their club in Illinois. In 2010, her oldest son was to be married in about eight weeks and, with all the preparations for the wedding, Kathleen hadn’t played golf all spring. So one morning she decided she just had to take a break from all the wedding plans and busyness, and she and a couple of other ladies went out to enjoy four delicious hours of golf.
When they came to the long par four sixteenth, all the ladies hit their drives into about the same section of the fairway. Kathleen was first to play. She took out her trusty 3-wood and hit it pretty well, about pin high, but to the right of the green. It settled down into the rough. Seeing that her ball was in the rough, she decided to save time by walking forward to go look for her ball while the other ladies hit.
The next shot in her group was played by Lois Burns. Lois also pulled out her 3-wood, which was not so trusty. She shanked it hard right and struck Kathleen directly, squarely, in the back of the head. Fortuitously the hospital was just down the street from the golf course, so Kathleen’s playing partners delivered her to the emergency room via golf cart.
The CAT scan and the MRI showed, thankfully, that there was no fracture in her skull, but the doctors began asking puzzling questions: Have you not been having headaches? Have you not been feeling dizzy? The doctors summoned her sons and her husband to the hospital and told Kathleen that she had an apple-sized tumor on the right side of her brain that they estimated had been growing for about fifteen years. As a result, her brainstem was off-center, and they were flabbergasted that she had not yet suffered a stroke, which they expected to be imminent.
Kathleen underwent surgery for eight and a half hours, the tumor was successfully removed, and she recuperated enough to walk down the aisle and take her rightful seat at her son’s wedding eight weeks later.
Kathleen received a present from Lois that Christmas. It was a golf trophy, a Waterford vase adorned with the very golf ball that had beaned Kathleen in the head. Don’t despair when the worst seems to happen. With God, all things are possible. It could be the prelude of something wonderful. And that’s the Gospel!