"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." Romans 8:28 NAS
Last week, Morgan and I were able to drop our kids off with her parents in Omaha and then use some airline points to travel to Charleston, SC for a getaway for a few days. It was a great time of rest and relaxation, but it was also very enjoyable to check out the historical and cultural side of Charleston. We toured a plantation where a scene from one of our favorite romance movies, "The Notebook" was filmed. We also toured the historic harbor and Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
One of the experiences that touched my heart the most was a presentation given by a woman on the Gullah/Geechee culture while visiting this historic plantation near Charleston. She shared how her people where brought over as slaves from West Africa and how the Gullah people likely derived their name from the name of the country, Angola. We all probably know some of the atrocities that occurred as a part of that whole culture of slavery and slave-trading, etc.
This woman shed light on one facet that I've never heard of or realized before. She said that the Gullah people were a deeply spiritual people even back in West Africa, but that their worship had been wrongly placed in the stars and the sun and moon and other things in the creation. She said that it was only when they were exposed to the Bible while working and living on these plantations in America that they combined their natural spirituality with the truth and worship of their Creator and their Savior, Jesus Christ.
She also sang several old spiritual hymns from the Gullah people while narrating their story as well. I felt like God spoke to my heart during her presentation and reminded me in a greater way than ever before, that He truly is able to cause all things, even the brokenness of slavery, to work together for good, which in this case was the saving of the Gullah people!
So no matter what challenges you might be facing in your own life lately, don't forget that God loves you and that in His Glorious Sovereignty over the creation, He still, "causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
Your brother in Christ,