God's powerful good

Photo by Loralee Newbury. Used with permission.

There’s one line that won’t let me go these days, one line written several years ago by a young woman with a young husband and baby. A young woman in whom the love and joy of Jesus shone more brightly perhaps than I’ve ever seen in another person. A young woman who had just entered palliative care with brain cancer when she wrote,

“He promises peace. Not without struggle, not without tears, or grieving, but a deep settled peace, CHOOSING to believe that God’s ‘good’ is much more powerful and complete than my own ‘good’. Even if my emotions have trouble catching up sometimes.” (Christina Ahmann Nevill)

CHOOSING to believe that God’s ‘good’ is much more powerful and complete than my own ‘good’”—it’s that line that won’t let me go. In the questions and challenges and disappointments of life, in the small hurdles and the big pains, we all have this same choice. Will I trust my own limited perspective, or will I trust God’s all-seeing one? Will I let the always-changing situation and my own fluctuating emotions decide what is best, or will I trust what has been witnessed to through Scripture and through the ages—that whether I understand his plans or not, God is always and only good?

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8: 28)