I have been taking my time browsing through John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion enjoying some of the words he uses to explain a Christian’s faith.
Book 1, Chapter 14, Paragraph 22
In the creation of the world, and all things in it,
the true God distinguished by certain marks from fictitious gods (continued)
…while we observe how God has destined all things for our good and salvation, we at the same time feel his power and grace, both in ourselves and in the great blessings which he has bestowed upon us; thence stirring up ourselves to confidence in him, to invocation, praise, and love.
This confident writing of Calvin’s gives me confidence right now even as I worried about high heart rate numbers. I need not give these things a worry when God has created all things for our good and salvation. I notice Calvin doesn’t exclude certain things, but says rather sweepingly “God has destined all things for our good and salvation.” Thank you John for the strength of your writing and the confidence it inspires in me. You have taken me out of myself this afternoon and made me fully desirous to worship our dear wonderful Creator.