God is Good When Life is Not

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My new style.

God Is Good.

What? Things are a mess.

Yep. Things are a mess. Depressing news of tragic events bombard us. Political confusion stirs us up. And then there’s the daily life ‘stuff.’ You know–the personal struggles of everyday life that drag us down. Yep–things are a mess.

Last week I got a new GIG (God is Good). An orthopedic doc diagnosed the pain and swelling in my foot as tendonitis. Now I wear a fashionable (and hot) boot to stabilize my ankle. I hobble and God is good.

Before all this happened, I made the decision to write a book about pressing on with bold faith. The Lord is giving me time to live it as I write it. I’m not falling apart (though it might seem that way); the Lord is holding me together. My challenges are really just inconveniences. Perhaps I am slowed down so I can sit in front of my computer and write.

The words of Second Corinthians 12:9-10
encourage and challenge me.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake,
I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak , then I am strong.”

I am inspired by others who have looked intently into the goodness of God during hard times and have persevered.

Missonary Steve Saint recently experienced a serious accident causing a spinal cord injury. To hear him share about the injury, go to  http://bit.ly/LdA7s9. He has two more videos showing his progress.(http://bit.ly/LSTUxq and http://bit.ly/NrO98z)

The missionary friend we visited in Africa last year has been undergoing weeks of therapy with traction for his neck. The damage was from the effects of rough travel out to the African bush. He is improving and is looking forward to getting back to doing what the Lord has called him to do — to bring the hope of Jesus to unreached African tribes in the bush.

Yep. Things are a mess. Keep praying. God’s grace is sufficient.

Do you focus on the mess or on the One who can sustain you in the midst of the mess?
In spite of everthing, God is faithful,

God is Good.

What’s your GIG?

read more via GraceNotes July 2012: God is Good.