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God is Good, All the Time, and All the Time , God is Good
One of the ways in which “God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good”, is that God gives us good news in the midst of bad news. Hope where there seems to be little or no hope. The problem for people like me, and I believe a lot of others, is that God doesn’t always provide that good news just when we want it. We might not realize it at the time, but God gives us good news just in the right way and at the right time. God’s time. Which means , when we need it. Which God knows better than we do.
Let me give you a recent example from my own experience. During most of the month of January I have been feeling depressed. It’s because of the weather. I’ve been experiencing the kind of weather that can be depressing for a lot of people. If you’ve been reading this blog for the last few years, you’ve heard me comment on the kind of weather that makes me feel depressed. Specifically, it’s when the days become cold, cloudy, dreary, windy, rainy, and at this time of year, snowy, which is the way it’s been this January. I haven’t checked the weather records for the past 31 days, but it certainly seems to me that there have been very few bright, sunny days.
As if to prove my point, today, Feb.2, is another one of those days. However, I am thankful that it’s not snowing, and the rain has washed away the snow that accumulated earlier last week. Also, there was some good news this past month. The biggest good news was that on January 7 Joan and I became grandparents, and the weather was such that we were able to travel to see our new granddaughter Alyssa within a few days.
Another bit of good news was that the weather could not prevent me from doing things that needed to be done, like shopping, so we would have food in the house. In fact, every time I started to really feel depressed about the weather, I would look out the window and see the sun peeking through the clouds.
Finally, there was good news on the calendar. As I looked at the dates coming up in February I was reminded that Ground Hog Day was coming up soon and very soon. Feb.2 (today) to be precise. You might recall my blog post right around this time two years ago. I wrote about Ground Hog Day being one of my favorite days of the year. Following is an exerpt from that post, which helped me, and might help you understand how God uses this day, Feb.2, to help people like me overcome weather caused depression.
In that post I explained that “The tradition about Ground Hog Day, at least in the Northeastern USA, is that in a town called Punxatawny, Pennsylvania, the ground hog, whose name is Phil, is rudely awakened from his winter hibernation to predict the weather. If Phil the ground hog, at that time and in that place, sees his shadow, it means there will be six more weeks of winter (until about mid-March). Which, as it turns out, always closely coincides with the date the calendar shows as the first day of spring. However, if Phil the ground hog doesn’t see his shadow, there will be an an early (and warm) spring. I’m not sure how that all started, but I did read in the paper that the day was first celebrated by some German immigrant farmers back in the 19th century.”
Anyway, in my blog two years ago, I continued writing, “When I got up on the morning of Ground Hog Day and looked out the window, I was on the one hand, happy to see the sun shining, since we had been enduring a week or more of cold, dreary, cloudy, and sometimes snowy, wintry weather. To see the sun shining meant it would at least be a bit warmer. That was good news. But then I remembered that if the sun was shining, that meant Phil would see his shadow. That was bad news. Six more weeks of winter. As the day went by I became resigned to this reality. Then came the 11 o’clock news. This time, really good news. Earlier in the day, at the appointed hour, Phil made his prediction, and as it happened, he did not see his shadow. So I went to bed thinking about the early and warm spring that Phil had predicted.”
I continued to write, “By the next morning, reality set in. Since I am now a full-fledged senior citizen, I have come to the point where God has given me the wisdom to know that I can’t always rely on the ground hog to predict this particular aspect of the weather. That wisdom says that the ground hog doesn’t always get it right, shadow or no shadow, but there is still hope. There is still good news in the midst of the bad news.” The good news and hope is that ever since God created ground hogs, and probably even before that, it has always been true that sooner or later, according to God’s timing, spring and warm weather will return every year. That’s a fact. So I will be thanking God in advance and patiently waiting for the warm spring weather which I know without a doubt God will sooner or later provide. The truth is that I am always being reminded that with God there is always hope. Always good news in the midst of bad news.”
The only thing I will add to this blog today is that as I look back at my life, and the lives of other people, it is clear to me that Ground Hog Day is just one of the ways that God reminds us that “God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good”.
Grace and peace, Ray
P.S. -I stopped writing a while ago to take my lunch break. Now I’m back. Between then and now, just a few hours, there was some bad news. At least from my view point. Well, it started to snow. But once I got over what I was seeing out my window, I realized that what I had already written was still the truth. “God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good” – whatever the weather. There is good news in the midst of bad news. Yes, In God’s time and God’s way, God will once again fulfill my hope for warm spring weather. And God will fulfill many more hopes that you and I have, if those hopes are in accordance with God’s will. In God’s time and God’s way.
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