Forty hours of driving time from Seattle to Chicago can lead to some great conversations. My sister, Sue, was one of our travelling companions, and somewhere along I-94, we had plenty of time to process some thoughts that had long been milling in my head.
As a follower of Christ, I have often used the phrase, "God is so good," and this is a true statement. This same statement was showing up in facebook status' a lot. It often looked like this:
I have a husband who loves me . . . God is so good.
We got sunshine on our vacation . . . God is so good.
I do not have cancer . . . God is so good.
Something was bothering me, when I read these. They were indeed true statements, but perhaps unbalanced. It is equally true, that God is good, when we do not get the cherished outcome we desire.
I lost my job . . . God is so good.
I have cancer . . . God is so good.
We are struggling financially . . . God is so good.
The person who experienced both the best of times and the worst of times and got this balance right was Job. In Job 1:21, he said, " . . . the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
I was looking forward to having this discussion with Sue because I knew she would have something to add. I had been watching her very real faith sustain her during her very real battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma. She had a lot to say.
I have asked Sue to share her cancer story with you. She is working on it now . . . and it will be featured soon at a blog near you. I cannot wait.
This is a bad cell phone picture . . . but Sue and I did survive the long drive, unpacking and still had time for some delicious Chicago Metropolis coffee.
What is going on in your life these days? I would love to know how you are reconciling the giving and the taking?
I am linking up with the sweet girls at Jens.