God is Good

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I spent the summer after my freshman year in college in New York City working with a group called Campus Crusade for Christ. I learned so much that summer working with so many amazing people. This was truly a life-altering experience. Each week we worked with different churches and ministries all over the city. Of all of the places we experienced, my favorite place to work was the Bowery Homeless Mission. I learned so much there, one of the biggest realizations being that every person has a story (and many of these stories will surprise you, so don’t judge too quickly simply by someone’s appearance!). Something the men who lived and worked in the mission often said has stuck with me since my time there: “God is good–All the time. All the time–God is good!”
Today that saying bounced around in my head as I processed several bits of hard news I received throughout the day. Many people I love are struggling with really difficult circumstances. My heart feels heavy when I think about each of them, but in the midst of the heartache, I am reminded that God is good.
God’s goodness echoes in the laughter of my sweet girls. It shines through the smiling face of my happy baby girl. I see God’s goodness in the puffs of white cloud in the bright blue sky, and I feel it in the warm kiss of sunshine on my face. Mostly, though, I am reminded of God’s goodness through the promises He gives me in his word. We live in a fallen, broken world that is full of heartache and pain, but God is still good. Even when our circumstances are not, God is still good.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'” –Jeremiah 29:11

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