Feb 7, 2009

The Goodness of God

Come Thou Fount by Jadon Lavik has become my "second most listened to" song. It seems to reach me in different places every time I listen.

"Let thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee...."

The goodness of God is what I saw, eyes wide open, heart squeezed and wrenched and torn as my friend battled cancer and lost. What an odd place to find the goodness of God, quietly permeating the foggy atmosphere, so thick with grief and sudden bolts of pain. It might have been in the laughter of children playing or in a grandpa's helpful hand, or in a husband's weary touch. Undeniably it was in the eyes of one who could see the future rapidly descending, in her ravaged face lit up with joy and love and peace. Definitely peace.-
At that moment in my life, I had been fighting with God, arguing over some trivial little thing that I would hold up like a trump card: "See?? See!! Here's proof that your promises are illogical and insignificant in the daily act of living on earth." But His goodness just flowed, uncontainable, regardless of my ranting. Finally, I recognized it -- in the most unexpected place -- and it bound my wandering heart. Love so amazing!
The goodness of God, my friend, let it wash over you, cleansing the mucked-up pores of your soul.
The goodness of God was my friend's final statement; trust me, that's what she wanted to leave behind. She would give her life for it. The goodness of God is no small thing.
Psalm 27: 13,14 "I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."

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