“God is good. All the time.” This phrase, which I've heard many Christians say over the years, has been rolling around my soul lately. It's been a time when I've had more questions than answers.
I've had the phrase said frequently to me by compassionate
Christian friends when they've looked at my health situation, prayed to God for healing- and then seen that nonetheless I'm still in a wheelchair/ walker, still struggling with mobility, still desperately trying to regain the ability to walk. What else really can one say in a situation like this but that God's goodness remains unchanged?
But it's caused my soul to reflect: Is God really good even when we face significant struggle, pain, or loss? When our lives seem to be falling apart? When it feels like more darkness than light is present?
Is God always good when a harsh autumn wind pummels leaves off the trees, leaves that took all spring and summer to grow? Is he good even when winter comes and in the midst of a frozen, dark world warmth feels far away?
However, I’m learning that that separation is exactly what is needed. When we look beyond the jagged boundaries of our lives- both our losses and the blessings - we discover that God’s goodness is not dependent on how our lives are going. It’s not dependent on us, in fact is completely separate from our circumstances.
God is good because He is Good. His nature is goodness: he is light and love. And that is something to be celebrated. And so I can say: God is Good. All the Time.