[W]e 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)
St. Paul says that God both initiates and cooperates in all human growth. God "works together with" us, which means both our workings are crucial. Every moment, God is trying to expand our freedom. Can you imagine that?
God is trying to make this choice more alive, more vital, more clear, more true. God even uses our mistakes and our sin in that regard. Nothing at all is wasted. I believe that's profoundly true. If that's not the providence of God, what else would be "providential"?
The provident care of God is that God is working for our wholeness, for our liberation, probably more than we are.
Richard Rohr, from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, p. 187
True sanctity does not consist in trying to live without creatures [material goods]. It consists in using the goods of life in order to do the will of God. It consists in using God's creation in such a way that everything we touch and see and use and love gives new glory to God.
Thomas Merton, Seasons of Celebration, p. 137
These things being true, our broken lives must look different to us from now on. The things we regret, the pain that crushes our chests in the hours before dawn, the wrongs we have done, and the wrongs done to us, are not the waste places we thought they were, but are the fertile soil of Christ's mercy:
I know a place, a wonderful place
Where accused and condemned
Find mercy and grace
Where the wrongs we have done
And the wrongs done to us
Were nailed there with You
There on the Cross.
Randy & Terry Butler, 'At the Cross' (Vineyard Music, Touching the Father's Heart #17)