I don’t know what’s ahead tomorrow; don’t even know what’s ahead in a few hours or two minutes from now. But it’s going to be good.
It may be something different from what I plan. It may hurt. It may make me laugh. I might be overjoyed or concerned, scared, relieved, bewildered or surprised but I belong to a good God so it’s going to be good. Good doesn’t necessarily mean “happy” or comfortable or even pleasant. There’s a deeper good that God knows and wants to give.
My God who keeps His promises. My God who loves and loves and loves. We can’t out-give Him. He is good.
Sadly, the hard stuff of life can sometimes cause me to see God as indifferent, angry, or unkind. What if instead I saw Him as He is: a wholly devoted, attentive, compassionate Dad who can relate to how I feel in every moment.
Have you ever bought a gift for someone and you know it’s exactly what they want and waiting until it’s time to give it to them is almost unbearable? You just can’t wait to give it to them because you know how happy they will be and you want to make them happy because you love them. God probably has to restrain Himself from bowling us over with revelations, blessings, and knowledge of outcomes because it’s for our good, because it’s not time yet or we’re not ready to receive what He has for us yet. I think He can hardly wait to help us and show us all that He has planned. I imagine it’s especially hard for Him when He has to remain silent, watching while we cry out, all so that we will search more, grow more, and become stronger.
Sometimes when talking with friends about things I don’t understand we say that when we get to heaven we can ask God about it. Maybe then He’ll finally show me what it was all about or why certain things happened.
You know what? I don’t think I will care at that point! When I see Him face to face – the One who somehow shrunk His vastness down into the tiny, frail body of a human baby and grew up among the limited, common folks He Himself made out of dust, and then actually gave his life up for all of us because of unrelenting love – I think all I will be able to say is “thank you.”
All the stuff that happened here will be wiped from my memory and won’t matter anymore. All that will matter is that it drove me to Jesus and helped me get home.
It’s going to be so good.
“…open your eyes and see—how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.” Psalm 34:8 The Message
“You bless all of those who trust you, LORD.” Psalm 40:4 CEV