How easy is it to say God is good when our circumstances look good? When our house is clean, our children are on the honor roll, our marriage is everything we always dreamed it would be…well this is my list anyway. I grew up watching “The Brady Bunch” and “The Partridge Family” (didn’t you love the way they dressed!). I even imagined my family traveling and singing catchy music. My children would wear matching outfits (while singing) and be happy about it! How easy it would be to say God is good if my life were like these tv shows.
In reality my life looks much different. My house is rarely as clean as Alice kept that modern split level. My children have been on the honor roll, but woe to the semesters when those grades took a dive. Marriage turns out to be a lot of work – who knew?
God ways are so different than my ways and He has a purpose in that. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” These verses are very familiar to us. When I truly sit down and take a good honest look at what my thoughts are, it’s a “no-brainer” that God’s thoughts are higher than my thoughts. I am so thankful that we have a God that is GOOD. His thoughts and ways are so much better than anything I could ever imagine.
Almost 5 years ago my oldest son was in a car accident and sustained what were labeled as catastrophic injuries. He was in a coma for about 7 weeks and we almost lost him many times in that time period. If he were to survive, we didn’t know what his quality of life would be. During those weeks of uncertainty my husband and I were faced head on with the question, “is God good?” Does He have our best interests at heart? He answered us with a resounding YES! He brought people into our daily lives to minister to us. He used nurses, doctors, case- workers, people in elevators, a doorman at a hotel. These not-so-random encounters happened every day, multiple times per day! He literally “hemmed us in behind and before” (Psalm 139:5). I want to encourage you that no matter what the circumstances of your daily life looks like, God is good. He loves us more than we can fathom.
As I look at my life today it is nothing at all like those tv shows where everything is resolved and back on track in a half hour. My son not only survived, he is thriving! However, if you are familiar with brain injury you know the phrase “it’s a marathon, not a sprint”. It has been a long journey requiring constant surrender of my thoughts and ways to those of Jesus. Here at House of Hope one of our core values is “Surrender to Jesus”. I am thankful that I get to practice living out that value. I don’t believe I could do that fully if I hadn’t had the opportunity to KNOW that God is truly good.