As I work on my book I am dredging up memories of past events, turning over the soil and seeing what comes out.
I am discovering there was still some meat on some of those bones. Not every experience needed to be thrown out.
I believe God is a God of redemption!
He can redeem the worst situation if we let Him!
As I write about past church experiences, both good and bad, I am finding that not all was as it seems.
Oh the bad experiences WERE bad. However, it is the end result that is different.
Looking back, I see how God was still there, calling, wooing, moving. It took some time (decades) before I saw it.
Isaiah 41:13 says, "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."
Now I am seeing His guiding hand as I chart the course that led me to discover my identity in Christ.
Sometimes digging up the past CAN be rewarding!