God made a promise that he would work everything out for good, for the betterment of us and everyone. But, how can a tragedy like Tim Bosma’s murder ever work out for good? He was trying to sell his truck on Kijiji and was slain after going with prospective buyers on a test drive. Random. Horrifying. Unthinkable. Unimaginable.
A promise was made long before Tim’s life began. All things, all things, work together for good.
I thought about this a lot after it was announced they found his remains. Prayers for his safe return went unanswered. There seemed to be little to cling to. Then I read that over 40,000 people joined a Facebook page to help in the search for him, to pray for the family, to send words of encouragement, to send love. A few men acted in a barbaric, evil way ending a life. Tens of thousands poured love into the world. Tens of thousands. Love, flooding in and over and through this tragedy. Love that would never have been shared if Tim’s life was not sacrificed. Love that has made us all want to hold our family tighter, make amends, be grateful for another day, for an ordinary day.
I wonder, if beyond being a great husband and father, part of Tim’s divine purpose was to generate this surge of love , to make people prioritize their lives based on people and not things. What if he was hand picked in this purpose to make the world a better place for so many, even knowing that he has made it worse for those who loved him?
It is in these painful moments, when we want, no we need answers to make sense of this tragedy, that we look to God. We wonder if there could not have been another way. Could he not have been saved? Could this have been avoided? But if we are not clear that we have a purpose, that there is a reason, there is a plan, there is sanity in an insane world, we get lost in the grief and despair and life has lost its meaning.
All things work together for good. Can we trust in this? Can we find solace in this? Can we believe and be comforted in knowing that regardless of how horrible, there is good?
Looking at the tragic moments, the despair, in my life I see where good has come. I see where God has made wonder, joy, opportunity, and love grow from pain. But, it takes time to see it and finally believe in it.
I pray for everyone who is suffering today and hope they will know the joy of tomorrow as God works his magic and knits all things together for good. For it has been promised.