The best stories always have a turning point, a place in them where no matter what direction the story is heading in, a twist suddenly appears shifting matters toward a greater victory, a more desirable outcome, a happier ending. As endearing as these turning points are in fictional works, they are even more endearing in our every day lives. And the greatest author of life’s turning points is God. He has orchestrated what I call, “But God” moments through out all time. They are moments we can look back at and see the underdog win… see the heartbreaking injustices of life redeemed and restored.
In one of my favorite “But God” verses, Genesis 50:20, Joseph had a chance to address his brothers who had sold him into slavery at an earlier stage of his life. Their act of jealousy had lead to his wrongful imprisonment due to a false accusation. Years of his life were spent there waiting on God to rescue him and bring to pass what he had revealed to him about his future. You would think, after all Joseph went through, that when the moment of confrontation came with his brothers he’d have told them off, or he’d gloat over the fact that God used his circumstances to raise him to a position of being in charge of Egypt. Instead, when the time came for him to speak to his brothers about the matter, he brought closure and healing by saying, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Joseph’s story ended up how God intended all along. Nothing could have stopped God’s plan for his life. While the course might not have been ideal or easy to walk out, Joseph trusted God all along the way. He trusted him at every twist and turn, and when victory came and he was vindicated, redeemed, and elevated to a position of power and influence, he gave all glory to God, recognizing only He could orchestrate such an amazing victory.
What “But God” moments has God brought in your life? It’s good to pause occasionally and take an inventory of all the ways God has brought victory and celebrate them, giving thanks. It’s what we see the Israelites do again and again in the Old Testament when they pause to remember all the ways God protected them, rescued them, and moved on their behalf. They wrote songs and poems about their “But God” moments, and they passed the stories down to their children and children’s children for generations, so they would know the real, amazing love of our almighty God.
There is power in remembering these treasured times of redemption where we see God’s handiwork in making wrongs right. If you are in the midst of a struggling time, trust that a “But God” moment is on the way, and if you have just made it through one, then pause to give God praise for what He has done…. And pass it on.