Dr. Dan Hayden • 

A team is most effective when its members work together. So, did you know that God does that with the circumstances of your life? He makes them all work together (like a team), so you can win.

How much of life appears to be disjointed and out of sync—intrusive things that interrupt the smooth flow of life—bumps in the road—maybe even big bumps like mountains to climb? Well, God says He even has those things under control, like spirited horses harnessed together as a team to pull your wagon. Consider what He says in Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Did you notice that all things are included in this process? Bitter things, sweet things, happy things, sad things, pleasurable things, painful things.

The words work together are one compound word in the Greek text, sunergeho—“to cooperate with, to help, to work together.”


Corey Ten Boom, who experienced awful things in the Nazi occupation of Holland, uses the illustration of a tapestry. When you look at the back of a tapestry, everything seems disheveled and random—threads going in every direction, sticking out here and there. But, when you turn it over, you see a beautiful pattern—dark threads and light threads, dull threads and bright threads—woven together into something good. Now this is what God does with the circumstances of your life. He makes “all things work together for good.”

If life seems out of sync, you are looking at the wrong side of the tapestry—turn it over.