I make no apologies whatever for yet another quote from Fr. Richard - this one just seems too apposite to pass up!
God cooperates with those who love by turning everything to their own good. (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 your freedom. Can you imagine that? God is trying to make this choice more alive, more vital, more clear, more true. God even uses your mistakes and your 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 Enneagram II: Tool for Conversion