Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Life: It is Good

Has there ever been a moment, or several moments, where you've thought to yourself: " Life just doesn't get any better than this." ? If so, then you've probably also had converse thoughts, "Life just doesn't get any more difficult than this!"

Can two such diametrically opposed perspectives reside in a believer's heart?  You bet!  Otherwise, how would we distinguish best from all the rest?  How could we ever understand God's proclamation at creation: "It is good!"?

Many moons ago I lived beneath the ungood moon, totally bamboozled and bereft.  It was not good.  Not even close.  There was little to be thankful for, but that's only because I couldn't see beyond bereft.  Had that been possible (and it wasn't), there resided many a blessing in my life for which to gift thanks.  I was simply too confounded to go there.  

It has been such a sorrowful week here.  Not because of what I'm experiencing, but because of what others - people I love deeply - are enduring.  Their lives are shadowed by their own not good moon.  I look on with understanding, knowing that some paths are difficult.  Very difficult.  There is little light with which to navigate.  I have no magic potion, no sage wisdom, no prescriptions that will change or alter, or even make easier their labored living. 

But I know something now that I didn't know back when I traveled beneath starless skies: 

Even though I don't know the way; and even though I am blinded by all that is not good; and even though life just doesn't get more difficult than this ... there is a promise (many of them) to cling to.

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. 
They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, 
and have it to the full. 
John 10:9-10

This, then; even this not good path beneath the ungood moon shall lead to life.  

How can I be so sure?  Because He - the Good Shepherd - says so.  

He alone knows the way.  He can be trusted.  That way may not include an abundance of worldly success; it may not include restoration of finances or health or relationships; but it will include a fullness of life that is incalculable, beyond imagining.  And life just doesn't get much better than that!

Besides, the darkness is as light to Him (Psalm 139:12); and death is as life (Philippians 1:21).  

For in the day of trouble
   He will keep me safe in His dwelling;
He will hide me in the shelter of His sacred tent
   and set me high upon a rock. 
I remain confident of this:
   I will see the goodness of the LORD
   in the land of the living.
Psalm 27:5, 13
It is good; and all is well with my soul.


Rebecca said...

Your post reinforces the book I just finished reading - "The Red Sea Rules".

Around me, too, are people with serious situations - a family displaced by a fire, death of a mother, consequences of an immoral choice, etc.

For these, there IS a Shepherd. A GOOD One.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I have been praying for you and the different situations...as I pray I also get my eyes off myself and what we are walking through. His promises are true. As one person said one time, "I don't know anything else, and I can't even grasp all that is happening, but this one thing I now know...Jesus Love Me this I Know!"

Blessings and hugs...and thanks for encouraging through the truth.

Debbie said...

This is such a good post. I think it's true of soo many of us anymore. There are hard times almost everywhere I look. Praise God we have the perfect Shepherd who is more than capable.

Hope you have a good day!

Patrina's Pencil said...

"But I know something now that I didn't know back when I traveled beneath starless skies."

This is so much the truth. Grace and more Grace. The stars have always been there. We just couldn't 'see' them for the scars in our eyes. God's love and Presence sustains me and gives me HOPE - which helps me physically and emotionally push through the darkness of any fearful unknown.

His guiding light - His Presence - goes with me wherever I go. Everyday is a new walk with Him - as He reminds me and sustains me and surprises me.

He is the Good Shepherd - He's everything I need.

Blessings to you this day, Sassy

Patrina <")>><

Sonja said...

That's IT Kathleen! To know that is EVERYTHING!

You are such an encouragement, even as I pray for you and yours daily, your words reach out and encompass all of us as well.

To be able to say 'it is well with my soul' is the very highest and best of His desire for our hearts.


Kay said...

Your words are so true! Even when there is no magic wand to fix whatever "it" is, He is there and He is all we need. So well said. Praying for you and yours, my friend.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Oh dear friend, you are so right, our Good Shepherd knows so well what is best, despite how it all appears, and someday the tapestry will be turned around and we will see the true beauty of it all. You are a real encouragement and blessing to all of us as we walk through our daily lives. I read today that "you are inscribed on the palm of His hand..." Isa. 49:16. What great comfort that brings through these trials and testings.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

It's hard watching the people you love suffer. Even as I'm experiencing answered prayer, someone dear to me is slowly fading from this life.

I pray the Lord will give you strength through this time.