"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

9/12/12

A List: God Is So Good



Welcome to my Wednesday feature God is So Good.  Here I will share stories - true and fiction, mine and others' - of the  Lord's presence in the midst of trials, struggles, and difficulties.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33b
Perhaps the fact that I'm writing this post on September 11 is why I'm having trouble coming up with a topic for my God is So Good entry this week. So forgive me if this isn't up to my normal quality - whatever that is. I think maybe a list is what I need to write - to help me remember the many, MANY sign's of God's presence in my trials - in ALL our trials.

Nine years and 30 days ago, my husband was being prepped for his first brain surgery, to occur the next day. I couldn't see God's blessings on that day. They were there - but I couldn't see them. When you're in the middle, you generally don't. Too much other stuff going on. It took a while - that clarity that comes only from hindsight - until I could.

Maybe you're where I was. Maybe you can't possibly see the good in your terrible situation. And maybe you don't want to wait for hindsight. Perhaps this list of what I can see now will help you.
  • A modern hospital
  • Praying friends and family
  • Junk food vending machines (and change machines so you can use them!)
  • Smiling nurses
  • Bible verses that pop into your head
  • Telephones
  • Salvation
  • The hope of heaven
  • A hug from my reserved son
  • A father willing to call everyone so I don't have to
  • Medication
  • Willing helpers
  • Enough chairs in the patient room
  • It was found in time
  • God's knowledge of this from eternity past
He IS there, my friend. And He is good. SOOO good.
Do you have a story you'd like to share about God's goodness in your struggles? Drop me an email and we can talk!  

Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

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