And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ROMANS 8:28, NKJV
As a young man, my father enlisted in the Chilean navy and served during n World War II as a communications officer on land and aboard a navy destroyer. During his sixth year of military service he became a Christian, resigned, and decided to travel to the United States to get an education at a Christian university. He made it as far as Havana, Cuba, where he decided to stay. Nine years later he had graduated, gotten a job, gotten married, and become a father when my older brother was born. Since my father was considered a missionary, he was given a three-month furlough—a period of time given to missionaries to return home and be with family. After spending three months in South America, it was time to return to their home in Cuba.
It turned out that while they were traveling, a famous historical event was unfolding: the invasion at the Bay of Pigs, Cuba, in April 1961. The relation. ship between the United States and Cuba was already strained, but this event quickly made things worse. Diplomatic relations were broken off, and tn. church administrators told my father he would not be able to enter Cuba yet. He was told to wait to see how this situation developed—and six months is it was determined that he would not be able to return. He was reassigned to work in the Dominican Republic and later Puerto Rico. He left his home, his car, his clothes, his bank account, and everything else in Cuba. To this day, more than half a century later, my parents have never returned. At the tin% my father simply didn’t understand God’s plan for him, but he decided to trust GOD anyway.
Looking back, my parents quickly admit that the entire episode turned out to be a huge blessing. Will you trust God today? Even if you don’t understand why certain things happen? GOD has a plan.