He is Still Good— Despite the Drama

Anyone else have a rough last few days?  Whether it’s because of reading the news or financial stresses or marital strife or aggravating children or hanging out with friends who are going through hard times or simply good old fashioned exhaustion… we’ve all been there, right?  We’ve found ourselves waking up in the morning with a groan because we realize today isn’t Saturday and we do have a lot on our To Do List today and we don’t feel like we’ve got the hutzpah to do it all.

I suspect I’m not alone in that feeling.

In any case:

I read Psalm 100 this morning before the kids got up— and it brought me comfort.

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“The Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.”  Psalm 100:5

 

He is good.  His love endures forever— even now.  His faithfulness continues to all generations— even this generation!

Despite the chaos and drama and tragedy and evil and malice and heartache in this world.

Despite terrorists and suicide bombers and child molesters and burglars and slanderers and pessimists and liars and betrayers and the generally unkind.

Even despite moms and wives like me who lose their cool and get hangry and speak before thinking and are overly concerned with themselves.

God is still good.

Certain men and women in this world may be evil-intentioned and vindictive and perverse and willing to do atrocious acts against their fellow humans… but the God of the universe is still good.  And He is still filled with love.  And even though people may fail us or threaten us or wound us or terrify us…  And even though we ourselves may sometime surprise ourselves with our selfishness and our hatred and our pettiness… God really truly is good.

And He is faithful even now.

Verse 3 says “we are his; we are his people.”  He holds us in His loving hands and He will help us through whatever.  We are His.  His treasures.  His kids.  His beloved.  The ones He chose and adores and would do anything for.

I am sitting here in the lobby of my church as I wait for my middle schooler and her friends to finish up their glow-in-the-dark dodgeball game.  A grandma helping out in the childcare pushes two little ones around in a stroller, helping them stay calm and joyful while their parents are elsewhere in the building having a Bible study.

I see an old acquaintance and say hello.  A few married couples walk past me, laughing and clearly enjoying themselves.

And I recall more good gifts from my ever-faithful God: My neighbor came over this afternoon to help me out with a mysterious electrical problem that started this morning.  One of my daughter’s classmates used impeccably good manners when he and I were chatting earlier today.  My dad offered to take 2/3 of my kids tonight so that I could take my oldest and her friends to this special dodgeball event tonight.

I ate a delicious Lindt Lindor chocolate truffle a few minutes ago and I can still taste it’s rich, tasty sweetness.  My living room at home is potent with the smell of a fresh-cut, twinkly Christmas tree.

It rained today on our parched, drought-ridden land.

We have running water and comfy beds and warm blankets and a working vehicle and a sweet, loving dog.  I had money to buy groceries today.

My husband and I had a few hard but good conversations with one another this week.

I was able to spend time with a handful of friends this morning.  A friend of mine texted me this afternoon to tell me she had been thinking of me and praying for me all day today.

There is still good in the world.

God still provides.  God still gives good gifts.  God still helps us through our moment-by-moment hardships.  God is still Almighty, Prince of Peace, Savior, Capable, Provider, Love, Giver of Joy, Rescuer, Lord, King, Comforter, Healer, the One Who Makes Clean, Ancient One, Yahweh…

 

Thank You, Lord.  I see You here.  I receive You here.  Thank You for always always always being faithful and good and full of love and grace.  Even when times are tough.  It is You who made us.  We are Yours.  You are good.  Your love endures forever— it will never end, never wane, never tire.  I can come to You with trust and faith— for You are trustworthy and faithful always.  You always have been and You will continue to be.

Amen.

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What about you?

In what ways have you seen God’s goodness even in the hard times?  What are some of the good gifts God has blessed you with even today?

Please feel free to share your comments or your own journey in the comment section below.

 

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