Hey there!!!! Can I just say that "God is Good - All the Time"!!!! (I know some of you are echoing me right now, hahahah I LOVE IT!!!!!)
It's true, you know, that God is good, not some of the time, not just in the sunny, bright times, but even in the dark, dank and dirty times. He is there, full of goodness - He can't be anything else. Good. That seems to fall short though doesn't it? God is good. I'm thinkin' He's pretty AMAZING, GREAT, WONDERFUL, SPECTACULAR, WONDERFUL, MIGHTY, and I could go on, maybe you could too? Or, maybe you couldn't. Maybe you find yourself doubting, scoffing even. Let's face it, it's one thing to say it, it's another to believe it, and it's truly another to find yourself living in that truth.
We usually are not fortunate enough to hit the dirt yelling that out loud. We typically find ourselves in the mud quite a few times before that even begins to glimmer as a reality. And for some, it may never become that. Sadly that is a reality. The good news may never reach some ears and it may never be allowed to fall into some hearts. If we are so priviledged to hear the truth, we must make a decision and choose the truth.
Oh how I pray that you, my friend, are either sitting in that full, beautiful knowledge, or that you are, at least, on your way. Maybe you're in the midst of a struggle and you so desperately want to cling to that statement, to make it your truth. It's hard, I know. I believe it's hard because in contrast to that one, still, small voice, there are a thousand, a million even, other very loud, obnoxious voices screaming the opposite. "If God were good then He ______________" You fill in the blank. "If there even were a God, He wouldn't allow ______________ to happen." I know, I've said it myself, I've questioned, and doubted and wondered.
But the light has always shined down on me. I've always known the truth and that's a priviledge, I know. That doesn't mean that I don't share in the struggles and storms of this life. I've had my share and frankly I didn't enjoy them. Well, not until a year ago, when we found ourselves unemployed. God was there shining His Goodness down all over us. We had finally gotten to the point where we fully believed it and fully trusted in His goodness. There are still small areas that we don't freely trust, we are always a work in progress.
One year later, we find ourselves full circle. My hubby will find himself back in the land of the EMPLOYED!!!!!! YIPPEE, HALLELUJAH!!! PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!! On Wednesday, March 7th, he will rise early and prepare his day with that once familiar feeling of greater purpose. He will work at his trade, his expertise and get paid for it. We are so very, very thankful for our dear friend, who with God's help and direction, positioned himself to bring Bill in alongside him for help.
There have been countless others through out this past year that have been the hands and feet of Jesus. Groceries, dinner, gift cards, cash, prayers, prayers, more prayers, searching, pushing resumes, checking in week after week "have you heard anything yet?", love, committment, service. Weekly coffee dates, relationships poured into. The list goes on and on and we have thanked Jesus for each and every love gift.
God has used His body of believers to keepus afloat. To noursish, not only our bodies, but our souls. How do you adequately thank each person, adequately thank God. To say that this year has been good, or that God has been good, is not nearly adequate enough. And yet we stand here, humble, in awe and our hearts are overflowing with gratitude.
God is good for the gifts that He gives, but the best gift was giving His son, to die on the cross for me and you. If he gave nothing else, that would be enough <3
I'll leave you with this: John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life."
The first step, is knowing that.
With Love and Thanks <3 Lorraine