F.B. Myers (1847-1929) pastor, evangelist and author wrote concerning the familiar Romans 8:28 text: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
“However stationary the stars appear to be in the blue heavens, we know that they are really sailing onward, with great velocity, in their destined courses. The ocean may seem to sleep at our feet, but in reality it is in a state of incessant activity; its tides and currents perpetually passing to and fro on their appointed ministries. There is not a silent nook within the deepest forest glade, which is not the scene of marvelous activity, though detected only by the educated sense of the naturalist.
So there are times when our lives lack variety and incident. The stream creeps sluggishly through the level plain. Monotony, commonplace, and dull routine, characterize our daily course. We are disposed to think that we are making no progress; learning no fresh lessons; standing still as the sun over Gibeon; or going back as the shadow on the dial of Ahaz.
The child gets impatient, because every day it has to play the same scales. Then love steps in, and sees that God is busily at work, maturing His designs, and leading the life forward, though insensibly, into regions of experience, which surpass all thought. The day is breaking; the ice is giving; the picture is advancing; things are moving. God is working all things after the counsel of His own will.”
(Note: Just before he died at 82 years old Myers wrote to a friend: “I have just heard, to my great surprise, that I have but a few days to live. It may be that before this reaches you, I shall have entered the palace. Don’t trouble to write. We shall meet in the morning.”)
“Not my will, but yours, be done.” Jesus