Have you ever had to take a pill so big you had to chew it first? It is a terrible experience! Bitter does not even begin to describe the taste, my own vomit tastes better than this! So why would I do that more than one time? Great question… I want to not be sick more than I want to not taste the pill. I know the pill is going to be good for me in the long run.
When it comes to taking medicine, I rarely feel better the next day. I have to trust that the Doctor knows what he is talking about. I think my pill experience is a lot like my faith experience.
This last week I was singing a song about God being good and He never lets us down. The song lyrics were “You are good, good” over and over. Every time I would sing it I would visualize one of the worst days of my life. I could see one of my spiritual mentors telling me they had an affair. I can see the room where a pastor fired me twice. I can see a family member telling me they were hoping for my marriage to end in divorce. I can remember a coach telling me he couldn’t build a team on a senior quarterback. I can remember some tense moments in my marriage. I can remember when my parents told me they were getting a divorce, multiple times. I can remember thinking my wife was going to die when she had miscarriage in our shower. I can remember when our son was born not breathing and blue. I can remember sitting at an intersection thinking about driving in front of a semi. I would see these moments in my mind like I was there, I remember where people were in the room, and how I felt.
Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good
So many times I have experience real pain, and it could have taken me out. These broken moments have been the times where I have experienced God’s grace, strength, compassion, forgiveness, and love the most. I can see now how God has taken these dark days and brought me to a new place of understanding who He is. In all the disappointment, loss, rejection, compromise, and death I believe more than I ever have that God is good and He is for me. What other people intended to harm me, God intended it for good!
So where do you need to declare God is good in your life? Where does God need to reveal who He is in your life? Go to Him now! Let His goodness heal you, restore you, forgive you!
Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus