You must live by example. You must live by integrity. Your children must be able to rise up & speak with confidence about their mom & dad. ~Ravi Zacharias
I can’t believe it’s been two years already. Two years since the tragic accident, the phone call in the middle of the night; the long, 500 mile drive north; tears finally coming as I entered the hospital lobby. Two years since I stepped into the ICU room where my critically–injured child was lying in a bed broken and bruised, undergoing one of nine blood transfusions, hooked up to an oxygen machine. Two years since peace finally came the minute she looked up at me and said, “Hi, Mommy!”
My then eighteen-year-old’s accident and injury were by far the worst experience of my life so far. Beyond the physical, just knowing that she and her friends had experienced such a horrific event, and that one had died, was an emotionally heavy load for them and for those who love them. My heart was heavy for them, all of them, and most of all for the family of the girl now in heaven.
But God is good. Period. That’s what my friend said to me the minute I arrived in the ICU waiting room. “God is good,” she whispered in my ear over and over as she hugged me and let me cry. That’s all she said and all she needed to say, for it is true.
God is good when everything is going well. God is good when your child is in critical condition and you’re not sure what comes next.
God is good when my child is healed, healthy and whole and laughing and singing. When just looking at her reminds me of His goodness.
God is good when I think of another mom, whose daughter did not survive. Her daughter is also healthy and whole, laughing and singing, but oh! how she longs to be with her. I can honestly tell you that this mom would say God is good. Because I’ve seen and heard her say it through her pain. And because this wonderful woman has been an instrument in my daughter’s and her friends’ healing. An instrument of encouragement, not condemnation. Of peace, of joy, because she knows the truth—God is good.
God is good when, sometimes, some of us have some residual anxiety. I’ve heard it called “post-traumatic stress syndrome.” Whatever it is, it’s a consequence of what happened, and we deal with it by turning to the One Who is good, all-powerful, loving, and kind. Who allows us to experience tragedy and trial, yet stays by our side the whole time, His arms wrapped around us, lovingly whispering “Child, I am with you.”
God is good.
“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”– Psalm 107:8
~ By Kim, Daisy Muse
But how often do we worry still? How often do we fret about tomorrow and feel like there’s no answer to our problems? With the economic crisis our country is in and the trickledown effect it has on us and with the healthcare issues many of us are facing, the stripping away of many of our freedoms, it’s hard not to worry about tomorrow. It’s easy to be scared that we’re facing trials and persecution of epic propositions. Our season of thankfulness and celebration quickly becomes depressing if we focus on all the negative things in this world.
There is one person in my life that has always shown me that worry gets me nowhere. My father-in-law is a perfect example to me of the flowers of the fields and the birds of the air. I’ve been in the family twenty-five years (twenty-seven years if you count the dating years) and one thing I have witnessed with my father-in-law is he seems to be confident that God will provide for our family without fail. This is not to say that he hasn’t had trouble in life. He has had health problems and he’s suffered from the deaths of family members. But he is an example of a person who has built his house upon the rock.
I’m thankful for the example that my father-in-law has set for me and my husband, his sister, our children, and for my mother-in-law. The example that no matter what comes our way–whether it’s good or bad–when we trust that God knows what’s best for us and will provide exactly what we need to get through that situation, He will do it.
When trials come, my father-in-law is confident that God will take care of them. And the funny thing is: God does take care of them. And that builds more confidence in God.
Our lack of worry—our obvious confidence in God—is an example that other people see. The peacefulness on our faces even in the midst of trials. The absence of worry lines across our foreheads. When people can sit down with us and ask us how we’re so peaceful during such a traumatic or stressful time and we share with them that it’s only by the grace of God that we can get through each day, God has proven His existence in our lives.
The good days are always easy to get through. The bad days are not. But when we build our house upon the rock and we put our faith and trust in the Lord and when we choose to be obedient to him, we’ll have a joy about us that others will see from very far away. We’ll have something that is contagious. Something that other people want to catch.
Do you have someone in your life that is an example-setter? Someone who encourages you to keep your faith and trust in the Lord? I encourage you today to look for the person (or people) in your life who can inspire you to keep your hope, your faith, and your trust in the Lord. During this season of thankfulness, let those people know exactly what they’ve done for you! Let others see that they can live worry-free!
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I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath! Psalm 116
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