God is Good



If you read my blog from earlier this week you are probably questioning my sanity!  Two cars, a hot water tank, and a now a fugitive somewhere around the church on Monday during VBS.  You would suspect that there is either a curse or a little black cloud following me around.

I guess I could look at it that way as well – Eeyore’s view of the world is “why does everything bad happen to me?”

Natural way to feel.

Most people would grant me and my family the license to feel this way.

Some might even join in on our pity party (they would bring hats, confetti, and candles that would burn down the house!)

But I am fortunate.  I can truly count my blessings and at the end of it I have to say “God is Good.”

1)  None of my family was injured – just two cars that are replaceable (as expensive as that’s going to be!)

2)  The hot water tank was replaced in a matter of a few hours on Monday so no more “mountain stream” temperature showers.

3)  We have ample insurance for most of the damage done; we can get a rental car because we can afford the 20% it will cost us; we have family and friends who are willing to lend us a car if we find ourselves in a pinch.

4)  The police are working to see if they can find the culprit and our neighborhood watch group is providing moral assistance as well.

5)  And we have lots of folks who are praying for us daily.

What more could I ask for other than to borrow Mr. Peabody’s “way back machine” so I could go back and move the cars off the street before they got hit?

But ultimately God is good.  I have a community of people around me and my family who are willing to do what they can to support this bump in the road.  They are truly concerned and willing to be generous.  And I am thankful.

I also realize that not everyone has that kind of community around them.  I guess my heart aches not for the problems we face, but for people who have problems and nowhere to go for community, prayers, and help.

In the goodness we experience that is a gift from God, I hope that we take the opportunity to share it with people who are not experiencing it in their life.  I remember a colleague who was noted for saying that we are “blessed so that we can be a blessing.”

Yep this is a fine mess that we find ourselves in!  But we are blessed – maybe we need to be a blessing to someone else.  It will probably make our circumstances look rather trite or trivial.

So remember, no matter what you are experiencing today – God is good.

Blessings for the journey.

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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