It’s all Good…

Being that my husband is in the tire and automotive repair business I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from very good and loyal customers…Nate sure is a great guy…sometimes I wish I didn’t see him so often, though…it gets expensive.  It always lends us all good laugh.  We need cars to get us from point A to point B but unfortunately, they all break.  I have to admit that Nate sure is a great guy and sometimes…okay all the time…I wish I could see him more but thanks to broken cars that isn’t in the cards.  Even my car breaks and I am probably a good 1,000 miles over on my oil change right now (gasp).  Shame on me!  What do they say…the cobbler’s children are unshod?

But out of those annoying and inconvenient repairs comes good…yes, good…the livelihood of our employees and their families as well as ours.  Thankfully as honesty and integrity are held in high regard…out of obedience to the Lord as they have been since 1952…God has blessed the business my husband’s grandfather started to not only be the means by which his parents raised him…but how we are able to raise our family, too.  What starts out as a pain in the neck flat tire, blown head gasket, dead battery, worn out brakes or shocks or struts turns out into a job for an employee, a satisfied customer back on the road and in the end makes us realize as we have a home to live in and food to put on the table…God sure is good!

Standing from the outside looking in…being that I have no interaction in the day-to-day operations, details and responsibilities my husband and his parents have to tend to…after all is said and done…isn’t that what it’s all about for each and every one of us at the end of the day?  God sure is good.  Regardless of our reactions to the days twists and turns or the calamities that might happen when each of us lays our head down at night what do we have left to hang onto?  For some of us it’s worry and stress…but God is still good.  For some of us it’s pain…but God is still good.  For some of us it’s regret…but God is still good. 

Resting simply in who God is isn’t something I was used to doing.  It’s so much easier to dwell on circumstances and ask questions of why than remember and focus on the Truth.  God is who He says He is.  He always has been…He always will be.  Humans being a fickle race, no one else can really say that.  And if the LORD is my Light and my Salvation…whom shall I fear?  If the LORD is the stronghold of my life…of whom shall I be afraid? 

The Lord has really challenged me lately to rest in simply who He is…faithful, true, holy, almighty, merciful, gracious, Love, my Rock, my Deliverer, my Redeemer, Creator, Sustainer, Everlasting to Everlasting, my Savior, my Comfort, my Hope, my Peace.  I could go on forever…and someday I will.  If I have ALL of that and immeasurably more living inside of me through the Holy Spirit…what else do I really need?  Doesn’t that pretty much cover it all?  Even if He takes all the rest away…God sure is good!

While I have laughed with our customers who wish they didn’t have to see my husband quite so often, we are so thankful for their support of our business.  What might not seem to be a good thing in the long run, really is.  It just depends on your perspective.  Sometimes in this life, everything doesn’t always seem good.  But God promises us that He always is.  I pray that I can rest in that promise and just let all of the rest go praising Him in all that I do and say.  After all if that’s what I’m going to be doing for eternity…shouldn’t I start right now?

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
   his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Romans 8:37-39

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