We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8.28)
St. Paul says here that God both initiates and cooperates in all human growth. All we can offer is the good will of love. God “works together with” us, which means both our workings are crucial. We are real partners. Every moment, God is trying to expand our freedom to love. Can you imagine that?
God is forever trying to make our choices more alive, more vital, more clear, more true. So much so, that God even uses our mistakes and our sins in that one providential direction. Nothing at all is wasted, nothing! If that’s not the providence of God, what else would be “providential”?
God seems to be working for our wholeness, for our liberation, for our integrity probably more than we are. At least that is what the saints always say.
Richard Rohr, adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, p. 187, day 200
For more than 20 years now I’ve found this passage to be one of the most comforting, most heart-warming verses in the entire Bible. I don’t know that I can really add much to Rohr's words here, except that reading them in the CAC Daily Meditation has made my day!