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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!  

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