This past January I remember the day I asked myself, "Is God still good to me?"
I didn't doubt His goodness throughout history or His goodness today. I didn't even doubt His goodness to the people I loved and knew. But there was a moment where I doubted His goodness to me.
I'm not proud of that moment, but if I had to guess I'd say maybe you've had one of those moments too.
When everything falls down--dreams die, relationships crumble, people leave, health declines, love hurts, prayers go unanswered--we can be sure of the goodness of God towards other people. After all, sometimes it is so easy to recognize His goodness in other's lives.
But His goodness to us? In this?
Surely this can't be good.
And that's the place I found myself in January 2018. But right now?
I can promise you...God is good all the time. And not just good in general. He is good to me all the time.
Sometimes it might be harder to see and sometimes His answers of goodness might not be what I hope for and pray for. And yes...oh, it hurts my heart sometimes.
But I believe in His goodness here. I believe in His goodness in my life. And I believe in His goodness in your life.
Whatever it is that you may be facing today. Whatever it is that may have crushed you or brought you to your knees where you asked that question...is God still good to me?
No matter where you find yourself today, I'm asking if you'll be brave enough to lift your head and whisper, "I believe that God is good to me."
Because He is. Friend, He is so good to you and to me and to us.
No matter what we're facing and no matter what we're feeling. None of that can ever change who He is and He is good...all the time and to every one of us.
Please, hold onto that today, this week, and whatever this coming year may hold. He's got you and I promise you...He's got a good plan. Look for His simple goodness to you. Like the way the sunrise is painted in your favorite colors or the way the little kid at church runs up to hug your legs and make you smile. Or the way your mom makes your favorite casserole for dinner or your sibling surprises you with chocolate.
Look for the little goodness He sends you and the little ways He reminds you...He loves you like crazy here.
And He is always...always good.
"I will sing the Lord's praise, for He has been good to me."
Psalm 13:6 (NIV)