Today is GOOD Friday.
Who exactly decided to call the day Jesus suffered so terribly, GOOD?
That just totally rocks our world, doesn’t it?
Good for us means it’s all wrapped up in a neat, comfortable, little package.
But is that what good really is?
I don’t think so.
I also don’t think that’s how God wants us to understand it.
In fact, let me give you a very simple definition of GOOD:
God IS GOOD!
Think about the Potter and the clay.
God, being the Potter, can do whatever He wants to do with the clay (us).
Oh, I know that is hard for us to grasp,
but it is true.
Some people believe that God would never do anything “bad” in our lives.
Maybe we simply don’t understand what “good” and “bad” is in God’s economy.
When we think about the cross, we see “bad.”
It is the most horrific style of execution that has ever existed.
Do you get it that God Himself put Jesus on the cross?
God decided before the foundation of the world that Jesus would come
and DIE on the cross!!!
It seems to me that qualifies as “BAD.”
Yet it was His death on the cross that gives us the possibility of LIFE.
“For the joy set before Him” Jesus went to the cross.
You and me together with Him for eternity.
That’s the “GOOD!”
Does the fact that bad things happen in our lives make God “bad?”
His ways are not our ways.
His thoughts are not our thoughts.
God is good NO MATTER what happens in our lives!
God was good when Les was healthy.
God was good when Les was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.
God was good when the treatments were knocking back the cancer.
God was good when the doctor said there was nothing more they could do.
God was good the day Les took his last breath here on earth
and was welcomed to his eternal home.
Was it fun?
But God was still good.
And what about any good that came from his sickness and ultimate death?
Well, people heard the gospel because of our Caringbridge blog;
people we would never have reached otherwise.
Les and I had the opportunity to “love up” on new folks at Duke;
other cancer patients, their families and even the staff.
I have the sweet memories of how Les “loved me to the end”
by the way he knew best – protecting me.
He did this in more ways than I can share in this blog.
Les was always a workaholic, but because he was sick,
we spent a lot of time together that last year.
And the last month, we spent precious time just sitting together on our back porch.
Yes, it was hard, but it was good.
Good because God is good.
One of the most important lessons I have learned over this past three years
is that I don’t have to understand the things that happen in my life.
All I need to do is just TRUST GOD.
He’s big enough to handle it all.
Am I where I need to be?
No, but “I am confident of this very thing,
that He who began a good work in me will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
As believers, He is conforming us to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
How He does that is up to Him.
I know I haven’t “arrived,” but I also know that I am so very
different than I was before Les’ sickness and death.
God still has a whole lot of work to do in me,
but I know I look at least a little more like Christ,
and that is GOOD.
Lots of love, Sharon