"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
In the summer of 2002, I appeared before the parole board, having served nearly 14 years of a life sentence. I had done all the board had asked and more. I had a solid parole plan with a job offer and a place to live. There was a strong support network in the community awaiting me. I also had a two year relationship with a woman whom I wanted to marry. Finally, it seemed that things might go my way. I will never forget the Parole Commissioner’s words: “Mr. Casson, we unanimously find you unsuitable for parole. This is a one year denial. Keep out of trouble and come back next year.”
It was one of the lowest moments of my life and especially of my life as a Christian. I had plans and desires, and now they were put on hold for at least a year! How did my fiancé and I get through such a thing? We trusted Romans 8:28. This was the best thing for us because God was in control, working everything together for our good. What a comfort! What a bedrock promise for all of us to hold onto in difficult times.
NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE SUFFERING OR GOING THROUGH, YOU CAN TRUST THAT GOD IS WORKING IT FOR YOUR GOOD AND FOR HIS GLORY!
Bible In A Year
- Exodus 23-24
- Psalm 37
- Luke 1