It’s easy to see God’s goodness when life is sweet. When our hearts are happy our eyes are open to His glorious presence and the beauty of His creation all around us. But sometimes life is just plain hard. It’s in these times we must hold fast to this simple truth: God is good all the time.
My recent days have held a crazy mix of the highest highs and the lowest lows. We just travelled out of state for the birth of our first grandchild. What an amazing thing to watch my son and daughter-in-law become parents, my husband become a grandfather, and my kids become aunts and uncles! Now I know the joy of grandparenthood.
As we started our trip back home, I received a call from my stepmom: my dad, who was diagnosed with cancer last summer, received good results from his PET scan after completing six months of chemo and radiation. Hallelujah!
The next day my 15-year-old son and I attended a mother/son outing at a large indoor entertainment center, where a bizarre go-kart accident landed me in the ER with a hand injury. Thankfully I don’t have broken bones, I’m just bruised, sore, and swollen. I spent the weekend in a hand splint, binge-watching Designated Survivor, frustrated by all the things I couldn’t do and feeling sorry for myself (in spite of being grateful nothing is broken).
And today, while writing this post, I found out my husband lost his job with the company where he’s worked for over 17 years.
Highs and lows. My heart is rejoicing and breaking at the same time. I want to be brave like the Apostle Paul, who said:
. . . for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:11-12)
The words of Horatio G. Spafford’s hymn It Is Well with My Soul held a deeper meaning when we sang them yesterday in church:
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
The journey of a Christian leads us over mountains high and through valleys low. The Lord doesn’t promise us a life of only joy, without sorrow; however, He promises to stand beside us through it all. (Romans 8:38-39)
While I feel His face smiling upon me in my brightest hours, I must also acknowledge His sympathetic presence in the dark and the truth that God is good all the time.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.