God IS good…no matter the ending.

I remember the day I first heard this song. My mom came to visit and told me she wanted to play a song for me. As we sat on my bed, I listened as the tears streamed down my face. The words speaking so deeply to my broken heart.

Never in a million years would I have thought that 8 years later I would be sitting on that same bed, tears streaming down my face, as I listened to the same song yet again, walking through another dark trial. But as I listen to the words again this morning, I am reminded of the experience He carried me through those many years ago. How in the deepest moments of pain and the great disappointment I was experiencing, He lavishly loved me and never left my side.

I know the goodness of God. I’ve tasted and seen His faithfulness and love when the choice to surrender our circumstances into His hands is made. I want to know that again. Even if it means that this trial we are walking through right now never ends. I want a faith that declares to this world that my God is good no matter how this story ends.

My heart’s desire is for everyone to know His goodness and love. And so today, as I listened to the words of this song again, I realized that if going through this trial means that someone else sees God through my experience and learns of His goodness then all of this will be truly worth it. I may not always get it right and still have moments of asking God why but I will choose to trust Him in all things because He is faithful!

“What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise”

Blessings – Laura Story

Drawing us back

Today I’ve spent a good majority of time reading a book that is allowing me to view our life from a totally different perspective. It has encouraged me to take a step back and look at the various ways God has made His presence known.

With that said,  we are so thankful that God has placed people in our life who understand our faith, our trust in God, who understand brokenness but most importantly, who know how great our God truly is. People who have walked with us, encouraged and prayed for us and who have become our family.

God knows just what we need when we need it and is faithful to provide. He is definitely our Good Father who loves us more than we could ever imagine. But He IS God and He IS holy which requires something from each of us when we say we are going to follow Him.  It means total surrender. It means letting go of control of our own lives and turning that life over to Him allowing Him to to work in and through our lives. However, when we cling too tightly and try to control, things fall apart and become broken as we drift away from Him.

We are thankful for a God who loves us so much that He will pursue us and take whatever means necessary to draw us closer to Him instead of allowing us to fall by the wayside. Truly, how great Is our Father’s love for each of us that He would allow us to endure suffering for a time so as to provide a way to draw us back to Him instead of leaving us a broken mess?