Hey friends, how are you today? Here is my neck of the woods, it is an abysmal, bleak, cloudy, dreary, forlorn (couldn’t think of an appropriate ‘e’ word) and gloomy day. It has been raining since yesterday and it continues into this day, even the squirrels sought shelter. I’ve said before, I love rainy days almost as much as I love sunny days. Of course, because we are in the fall season, rainy days also signify cold days. It is 48° right now and with the rain, it feels slightly cooler.
I would have preferred the sun and the warmth today, because I have to leave the house, but rain and cold is what I’ve been given. This Christian life doesn’t come with a ‘one size fits all’; each twist and turn has been specifically designed for me; the good, the bad and the ugly. Even the consequences of my own actions have been fashioned just for me, for my good and also for the good of those around me. Our God is such a Master Builder, that when He allows life’s intricacies into my life, He works it out for the good of those around me too, even though it may not appear to be so to them at the time. God is always good, in everything, He is good and in everything He does good.
When I receive bad news, as I did today, it’s hard to ‘see’ the good. But that’s faith isn’t it? The belief that everything will work out for our good and for the good of those affected. Faith is believing in the ‘unseeable’; faith believes in the hope that this problem will be resolved. But most importantly faith relies on the knowledge that God is good, that He loves me unconditionally and unwaveringly and unfailingly. And because of that love, He will perfect each act to grow and mature me in my relationship with Him. Faith demands trust in the Personality of God, more than what He can do. Faith believes that the character of God will only allow Him to do good, perhaps not my way, perhaps not necessarily in the manner which I would prefer, but always acting in my best interest. Faith insists that I acknowledge that this world is not my home, that truly I’m just passing through. It says do not hold on to the things of this earth too tightly; my forever home is coming up, I’m just in the preparation stage.
Today may be gloomy friends, but even the rain is a blessing; and the blessing of the rain doesn’t stop there. When the rain gives way to sunshine, the joy of it will be sweeter and more cherished. So, you see, God is good.
How are you today?