I’m reminded on a daily basis that life is fragile, sharing time with those who grieve, seeking God’s purpose with those who feel lost in it all, walking with those who experience the kind of pain that causes them to question whether God is good or great. They find themselves in a place of waiting, wanting life to start again, for troubles to end, for the pain of hardship to dissipate, and for something better to come along. Waiting is a part of life; however, we must be careful and wise not to miss what God is doing in the places we find ourselves waiting.
There’s a place on the old country roads I frequently pass by, a place which continuously reminds me to be still and know God is God. It’s a place that I’m reminded God is good and God is great, regardless of the time of day or the season, where the rolling hills, the magnificent tall fir trees, and the light which breaks through the open skies tells the story of the presence of God.
Whether it’s the pink and blue of sunrise or the orange and red of sunset, whether it’s clear blue skies of a summer day or the starlit skies of a winter night, whether it’s the bright green of spring or the gold and brown of fall, the view of creation reminds me God is good and God is great all the time in every season. And. I’m reminded there’s so much more to know about God.
Life changes when we stop to know the goodness and greatness of God. It’s what Moses’ prayed:
O Sovereign LORD, you have only begun to show your greatness and the strength of your hand to me, your servant. Is there any god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do?
(Deuteronomy 3:24, NLT)
When we come to the place of not only seeing the goodness and greatness of God, but to the place we realize there’s so much more of God’s goodness and greatness to be seen, we are grateful to be a part of what God is doing, regardless of our circumstances.
It’s the place where we trust God with everything, including the “whys” of life, knowing God is the Creator, the Giver of Life, who will walk through it all with us, doing more than what we could possibly comprehend in the moment.
Day 7 of 40-days of Intentional Gratefulness: Grateful for the ongoing and incomprehensible goodness and greatness of God.
Learning to Kickstart each day with gratefulness,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)