Life isn’t always what we want or expect it to be. We have disappointments, pain, anxieties and even tragedies that can turn our worlds upside down.
BUT GOD. . .the Bible says. . .”works all things for the good to those who love Him” (Romans 8:28)
Does that mean we don’t suffer? That we aren’t anxious or fearful? No, but it does mean that even in those most difficult times, God is working on our behalf. He has promised to never leave us or let us go. We have to remember that truth; and make it the abiding principle of our daily lives. That’s why I’ve begun a new theme for this new year. I see so much confusion, anger, hopelessness and depression in the news, and even often spreading into the lives of Christians. We’re human. We live here. We are part of our culture. But we are citizens of Heaven; we have a new life in Christ. He has transformed us and given us an eternal hope. That’s what I want these short messages to relay to you. Remember that song, “This world is not my home; I’m just a passin’ through.” But as we’re passing through in the years God has entrusted to us, we have the opportunity and privilege to enjoy the “Good Things” God is doing in and around us. I guess I’m especially aware of this as my life is nearer the end than even the middle, and I want to enjoy the gifts of God in the midst of the dailies! I want you to as well. Those good things “keep us young and strong as an eagle.” (Psalm 103:5)
So whether you’re a parent or a grandparent, young or old, a teacher or a student–you matter to God so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for your sins and mine. He has many good gifts for us, and we just might miss them if we’re not looking.
For weeks it’s been pouring much-needed rain in Northern California. Not many days have been sunny, and there’s a danger of depression when the clouds hang dark and heavy. But even if the day’s events are gloomy, even if you see the future with no bright light at the end of the tunnel, God is still the Giver of every good and perfect gift.
Let’s determine to look for them. It may be just the sight of birds at the feeder, the smile of a stranger at the market, the coo of a baby, the ability to see, hear, or speak–these can be things we often take for granted.
Yesterday I had the joy and opportunity to help out a dear friend who needed a ride to the doctor’s office. That was a “Good Thing” for both of us. We enjoyed the ride to and from, and stopped to have lunch and talk some more. I was more blessed, I’m sure, than she was. She’s a widow, a cancer survivor and an encouragement to many. She loves Jesus, and she loves people. On the way into the restaurant, she stopped to tell a passing woman how pretty she looked in her bright blue coat. Then as I pulled the car around to pick her up in a downpour, she couldn’t get her umbrella to fold into place. Suddenly, from out of the rain, a woman appeared and not only got the umbrella into shape, she helped my friend into the car. Smiles all around!
That was a good thing! And for me, just this morning as I am writing this, two of my daughters called: one to tell me that if I or her dad needed anything today, we shouldn’t get out and drive. She would gladly pick up whatever we need and bring it to us! A few minutes later, another called just to talk on a rare day off from work.
I hope that today after reading this, you’ll look for some of the good things God is bringing your way. To cement it in your mind, won’t you leave a comment at the end of this blog to let me, and others reading it what gift, however small, you see as a “Good Thing.”
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” ( James 1:17)