Wednesday, December 27, 2006, 12:34 PM - Extra Christy
I have a fondness for Bingo. It is a game where the chaos of rolling balls becomes orderly rows and columns on a card. Chaos into order appeals to me in puzzles and games. (My desk is another matter!)

A church I served used to play bingo with the residents of the nursing home. The first several games were played legit, the caller would pick and announce letters and numbers and the residents would fill their cards until someone won. Toward the end, there were just one or two left that were still playing and hadn't won. Well, God forgive us, we cheated a little, to make sure the ones still playing could call out BINGO.

The letters and numbers called seemed random, but the caller knew everyone would leave there a winner. Everything we did worked toward that result. We didn't know who or how we would get there, or how long it would take, but the end result was assured.

The eighth chapter of Romans has a verse about calling this kind of Bingo,

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. - Romans 8:28

Well, Paul wasn't thinking about our Bingo games at the nursing home, but God works like those games. All the random events of our life, those we see as helpful and even those we see as useless or as benefiting everyone but us; in the end are called by God into good. We don't call it Bingo but Providence, God's work in the world. Which according to the Heidelberg Catechism means:

That we may be patient in adversity; thankful in prosperity; and that in all things, which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from his love.

Bingo! I have my New Year's Wish to you!

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