I used to say this phrase so easily that it practically just rolled off my lips. Did I mean it? Absolutely. But then very hard things in life occur and sometimes you are forced to reevaluate what you used to say so easily...and sometimes someone asks you if you still believe despite those circumstances. I received an email from a former student today asking me do I believe God is still good (despite my health issues, pain, and heartbreak these last several years) . I wept because I knew the heartbreak surrounding this question in this individuals life and I wish I was well enough to travel and say face to face what my heart is screaming. Yes, absolutely yes!! Circumstances, if we let them can be refining windows into our hearts shining a light on what we believe. The "and if not" parts of life...even if I am never healed, never see my dreams come true, or if the secret longings that are deep inside of me never happen ...it is okay. It doesn't change His goodness. I promise, my dear former student. I can attest in new ways and in more marvelous ways then I could years ago in the classroom. Instead of seeing pain I am brought to my knees by God's goodness. His faithfulness astounds me and His mercies meet each new day. The hard and difficult don't change who He is. I promise...no matter the "and if not"...He is still good...so very good.
(This post was taken from my instagram account but wanted to share with you my sweet readers and friends. Praying for each of you.)