Friday, September 6, 2019

“God is so good, He’s so good to me!”

“God is so good, He’s so good to me!”

We sang this chorus as kids. We taught our children this song. They can learn this simple chorus, even as a toddler. It has a catchy tune and the lyrics are infinitely interchangeable. “He loves me so…” “He answers prayer…” The list could go on.

Take a moment and really think about these words.
  • God- the perfectly holy one, omnipotent, omniscient, the Creator of the universe, yet He still chooses to love me--a mere sinner in need of His grace.
  • Is- He is present. Perfectly. Always. He never goes away. There is never anywhere we can go, that He is not there.
  • So- “to such a great extent.” How great is His love for us? He sent His Son to die. His own child. That, by its very definition, is a great extent.
  • Good- One of the definitions of the word good is “the part of someone that is kind, honest, generous, helpful, etc.” Psalm 100 lets us know just how good He is when it says, “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.”
These past few weeks (18 days, actually), God has shown His goodness to us in many ways. From Rodney's general physician who has called on multiple occasions to pray for (and with) him, to the pulmonologist who pulled multiple staff members to work on getting him the urgent (and hard to schedule) appointments that he needed. Then there’s our Christ-following oncologist who “everyone wants, so you’ll never get an appointment with,” who not only gave us an appointment but made it for the next day!

Nurses who were God’s hands and feet to us (Deanna and Darlene) when we were at the hospital, nervous and confused, trying to wrap our heads around what was happening to Rodney.

God used technicians who took their lunch breaks to squeeze him in for yet another scan. The food service worker who gave us a cookie just because… “he might want something sweet” (I may have hugged him and wept on a total stranger.) My Peace Lutheran family who have treated us like life-long members, even though I am “that Baptist girl who works in the office.” The staff and team at Hobby Lobby (Clinton Highway) who have surrounded us with care and concern-and a year ago we didn’t know any of them.

Our Hardin Valley church family, who through tears and broken hearts, have risen to the challenge of taking on much more responsibility because we will be unable to for the foreseeable future.

We have had multiple phone calls, text messages, cards, and letters come from friends and family around the world. We have compared it to the final scene of the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, when George stares in amazement as people from every chapter of his life (from childhood to present day) willingly come to his rescue and help him in ways he cannot help himself.

So when you ask me if God is good, just like the children’s chorus says, my answer is a definite YES. He’s so good to me!

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