Originally published Tuesday, 07 January 2014.
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. Lamentations 3:25 (MSG)
I’m not good at waiting.
Neither is my husband.
He starts dreaming of a different life. I just try to continue with life as if nothing has changed.
Yet, no matter whether we receive positive or negative results from the PET scan tests things will change.
Dreaming and denial don’t change outcomes; they just help relieve the stress.
From time-to-time in these days of waiting I’ll pick up my bible. I’ll flick it open to one of the passages I’ve highlighted with a pink tag, the markers that I put there in the first dark days following my husbands’ cancer diagnosis. I’ll read the verses that whisper if you open here you’ll find a reminder of God’s love for you when it’s hard to feel his presence.
I thumbed my way to one of these pink tags the other day, and read the verse about how God’s love never runs out, but it was the verses that followed that made my heart pump hope.
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.
I found comfort in Lamentations 3:25 because I’ve experienced God’s goodness in my life so I know that God is absolutely good.
In 1907 a writer by the name of Marcus Dods described God’s goodness in a way I like,
“God is good in himself, good in all things and good at all times.” (tweet this)
When I remember God is good, I find it easier to trust him. (tweet this)
I don’t worry that a good God won’t come through for me. I am reminded of all the times in my life when God has shown me tenderhearted mercy. Unending love. Grace.
God is good.
God is for me.
God will never leave me, hurt me or let me down.
I can depend on the goodness of God. (tweet this)
I can rely on God’s goodness when things are going my way and when they are not. I can hope in his goodness if the medical results of positive or negative.
So I wait, I wait to see what my good God will do next.
This doesn’t mean the results will be good – or what I want – only that I can trust God will be good in every situation where I am waiting for an answer.
Ponder: Do you believe that God is good?
Prayer: Lord, show me your goodness while I wait. Amen.
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