God remains good.

A mommy friend of mine experienced the passing of her husband to eternity this week from cancer. He was in his 30’s and they have three children under 5 years old. She lives several states away, but as I’ve prayed, wept, held my own husband close, and watched her social media posts over the past several months during this difficult journey and his sickness, I’ve remained in awe of her strength and unwavering faith in Jesus. Her constant message has been “God remains good.”

Also this week, my sister-friend released an incredibly intimate blog-post on her miscarriage 3 years ago (her post is here http://tendingtoeden.blogspot.com/2015/10/october-i-am-1-in-4.html ). She shared about the roller-coaster of emotions, the heartbreaking grief, the passing of unspoken milestones (baby’s due date, baby’s birthday, baby’s first Christmas, etc.). We were pregnant together at the time (both with our firstborn) and I remember my own heart deeply mourning for her, but in the midst of her own incredible grief, her message continued to be “God remains good.”

At Church this past week, with these two stories fresh in my mind and heavy on my heart, I realized we were singing “10,000 Reasons” and my eyes filled with tears thinking of a newly-widowed mama with 3 young children who continues to bless the Lord. Another mama who ached to feel the kick of her unborn child, but refused to become bitter. Both experiencing excruciating heartache, but standing firm through their grief with the message “God remains good.”

“Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me… let me be singing when the evening comes. Bless the Lord, oh my soul, worship His holy Name. Sing like never before, oh my soul, I’ll worship His holy name. And on that day when my strength is failing… still my soul will sing Your praise unending.”

These women didn’t ask for this type of testimony or experience, and I’m sure the last thing anyone who is dealing with this amount of grief wants to hear is “your testimony has been such a blessing to me”, but in all honesty… I’ve been so challenged watching them put boots on their faith and walking out what they truly believe about their God. I’m not trying to put them on a pedestal in any way, nor diminish grief anyone else might be going through… but observing their faith in action during incredible trauma and devastation has challenged me to always remember that through it all… God remains good. “Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me… let me be singing when the evening comes.”  

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