These are words my husband and I have randomly said to one another over the past couple years. And those are the same words I found engraved on a plaque at Walmart months ago which now hangs on the wall of my home.
And, it is true. My life is good. But I don’t say it to brag or try and appear better off than anyone else. It’s just how it is.
Four years ago, I lay alone in my bed that first night with darkness closing in around me, my heart tight, my mind racing, wanting to throw up, but then there was also something else — peace — freedom — and a little glimmer of happiness perhaps. But the road ahead of me would prove to be long and winding, full of potholes and unexpected turns — none of which I could have navigated without letting the Lord take the wheel.
Today I can stand up and say that I survived that time in my life. And right now, right this very moment, here today — Life.Is.Good.
Should I feel bad that things have turned around in my life? That out of my struggles, anxiety and fears the Lord brought me through those potholed-filled years? Should I be ashamed of what I have when others around me are still in a struggle and have not seen much change in their situations?
This has been on my heart lately, actually for a while now. I cannot change my life, where I’ve been nor where I am — this is my life and this is where all those unexpected turns in the road brought me.
I cannot be responsible for someone else and their destination or their choices in life, and likewise I do not feel it’s right that I be made to feel bad about what I have in my life. What I can do is continue to pray for those around me who are struggling and living a hard season of their life right now. I know so well that feeling of seeing no way out and feeling trapped in a very hard circumstance — I do know it very well — and believe me, I have not forgotten.
I know what it is to struggle. Maybe I haven’t struggled as much as someone else, maybe my pain is not as bad as the next person’s, maybe my fears are nothing compared to someone else — but my struggles have been hard and scary, and very real to me.
And through all of my struggles — yesteryear, yesterday and all my tomorrows — I have learned to give thanks in all things. For it is through our giving thanks that we acknowledge the Lord in our lives and when we acknowledge Him and lean on Him, He will see us through no matter what our struggle, no matter what our worries and fears are.
He will not leave us alone to navigate those pot hole-filled roads. He will guide us in the direction He wants us to go, to be the person He wants us to be, to give us everlasting life so we can know that this life is not the end.
“And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs…and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.” ~Isaiah 58:11
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” ~Psalm 30:5
“…if you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” ~Deut 4:29
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” ~Romans 5:5
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” ~Romans 8:37
“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.” ~Proverbs 21:30
“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” ~Psalm 139:16
“You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.” ~Psalm 10:17
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution…danger… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” ~Romans 8:35, 37
“He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” ~Psalm 62:2
I am the first to say I’ve been very blessed in my life over the past year or so, and I owe it all to God. But I will not feel ashamed for what I have in my life, for God does allow me to remember where I’ve been and that reminder keeps my eyes focused on Him not on those things I have.
May you find peace and rest today, and may you see that in the midst of all that is happening in your life, life is good — because God is good.