Perhaps, like me, you’ve looked at all the mistakes in your past and they’re just sitting there, like dead things. Complete wastes that can never be used for anything.
Maybe you’ve looked back and seen all of the wasted time and opportunities and you feel like you’re playing a giant game of catch-up with your life.
However, look at Genesis 50. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and Joseph went through much pain, including being imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. At the end, when Joseph is second-in-command in Egypt, he reveals himself to his brothers, who have come to get food that has been stored in Egypt as a result of Joseph following God’s commands. They beg him for mercy and he tells them not to fear.
"You intended to harm me," he says to them, "but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
Which is nice, but read it in the Nuevo Versión Internacional:
“Es verdad que ustedes pensaron hacerme mal, pero Dios transformó ese mal en bien para lograr lo que hoy estamos viendo: salvar la vida de mucha gente.”
"It’s true that you thought to do me evil, but God transformed that evil into good in order to accomplish that which today we are seeing: the saving of the lives of many people."
Perhaps you’ve seen all the wasted time and opportunities in your life. Perhaps you think that they’ll just sit there as black holes in your past, and now you have to not waste your life now in order to make sure you don’t have more black holes.
But realize this: any evil that has been done to you, or that you have done, can be transformed by God into something good.
He is the God who wastes nothing.
Which is really, really good news.