You know how they say, “when it rains, it pours?” Well, the last few weeks, I’ve seen that ring true not really in my own life, but in the lives of so many people who are so precious to me. I don’t know why, but it seems like I’ve heard heartbreaking news almost every day lately.
Tragic accidents, untimely injuries, one death after another, hospital stays, precious little innocent babies lost in the womb, and dreaded news that cancer has spread… the list goes on and on, bringing tears to my eyes over and over again. My heart has been so heavy with such turmoil happening all around me and I’ve cried out to my Father asking Him why more than once.
When life gets like this, it can be easy to lose sight of His unfailing goodness. Even in the midst of the most violent storms, our Father is still good. He’s still the Healer. He’s still the Champion of Heaven. He’s still the Provider. He’s still the Lover of our souls who has a perfect plan for our lives. Even when we don’t understand… He’s in control.
So, just a little encouragement for you, my friends. If you’ve been facing bad news, if your prayers don’t seem to have been answered like you think they “should” have been, or if you’re just worn down, cling tight to our good, good Father. Know that even if things don’t work out like you think they should, He is still good and He loves you so very much.
This particular verse became one of my favorites several years ago, when I did Beth Moore’s Bible study about Daniel. Just thinking about the faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as they faced death in a blazing furnace for refusing to bow down and worship king Nebuchadnezzar gives me goosebumps. I hope that I would have that same unwavering, steadfast faith. Of course, if you’re familiar with this passage, you know that they were able to see a fourth person walking around inside of the furnace with them (Daniel 3:25), and they came out unscathed, without even a scent of smoke.
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