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Today’s Truth

We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love Him. They are the people He called, because that was His plan.

(Romans 8:28, NCV)

Friend to Friend

The day of my surgery had finally come … and I was more than ready to have my separated shoulder repaired. Dan and I got to the hospital right on time … and began the tedious process of checking in. If you have ever had any kind of surgery, you know the routine.

I filled out several page of paper work and answered about a thousand questions. The nurse then clipped that oh-so-lovely plastic bracelet on my wrist to make sure the doctor did the right surgery on the right person. Actually, I was just fine with that step.

And then we waited … and waited until one of the surgical nurses called my name. She took me back to the surgical area where I was given a beautiful gown that tied in the back, exposing body parts I would rather not be exposed. I hopped up on the stretcher and began another familiar process – the medical interrogation.

What was my name and birthday?

Had I eaten or drunk anything since midnight?

Had I taken the right medications that morning?

Did I have any removable parts to mention?

You know. The medical shake down that precedes every surgery. I know it is imperative that they ask those questions and that they get the correct answers, or the surgical preparation comes to a screeching halt. I have been known to throw a wrong answer out to lighten the mood. It worked for me. For the nurses – not so much.

And then we got down to serious business. The IV is inserted. At that point, I always thank God for the drugs that put me to sleep and make me oblivious to the barbaric things the doctor is doing.

But prior to this surgery, I learned something new. I noticed that every time one of the nurses came in, she swiped her nameplate over the face of a machine I had never seen before. When I asked what they were doing, the nurse explained, “This machine identifies me as your nurse.” When I thought that was the coolest thing ever, she smiled and said, “That’s right. No one can get to you without going through me!”

Bam!

Peace flooded my heart. I knew my Father was reminding me that all was well. Nothing and no one can get to me without going through Him. Nothing touches our lives without His permission.

Now I know what you are thinking. Yes, there are bad and even horrific things that pummel our lives, knocking us to our knees. Life. Is. Hard. But here’s the thing. We do not have to face one storm, one trial, one pain … without Jesus. And He will take what the enemy meant for evil and use it for good.

I can make a list of things that I would rather have not experienced.

An alcoholic father

Being molested as a teenager

Struggling with infertility

Battling depression for most of my life

Living in constant back pain caused by Scoliosis, stenosis, degenerative disc disease and arthritis

But I can also make a list of how God has used every one of those things for my good and His glory. I don’t always understand or even like His plan for my life, but I would not trade it for the life of anyone else. He’s a good, good Father … all of the time! And I take great comfort in knowing that I am His child, His daughter – loved and chosen, wanted and cherished by God Himself. And no one can get to me without going through Him.

Let’s Pray

Father, thank You for loving me with a love beyond human understanding. I admit that I cannot comprehend the fact that I am your chosen child, and that You love me unconditionally. I rest in the truth that You are always with me and for me.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Now It’s Your Turn

What trial or struggle have you endured that ultimately showed you the goodness of God? How has that realization changed your perspective of God at work in your life?

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5 Responses to “He’s a Good, Good Father”

  1. Meg says:

    Mary, again I say ty. We are so much alike. I’ve read your work for years now and I see myself so often. Yes, I see God in everything that’s ever happened to me. Finally. Now that I’m 56, I can finally do centering prayer without the visions flooding my mind and causing me so much pain that I couldn’t breathe. Now if the visions of trauma do return, I feel some sort of peace and love that I cannot explain. I don’t have words for it. I feel a healing going on. I have so much more to say about how God is healing me from stress which in turn is healing me from lupus flares but who’s got the time? Not me! 😂 But just wanted to say ty for another great piece. ❤️

  2. Laurie says:

    I have been on an emotional roller coaster the past week, then nailed with a bad cold that just seems to be getting worse. I have felt totally drained and questioned over and over how the situation causing this stress can possibly work out for good. Thank you for the reminder that it can happen because God is in control.

  3. Roxanna says:

    This is a confirmation from our church service yesterday. The pastor who did our service went over Romans 8:28. I lost my son 4 years ago to a sudden illness, and the first time I heard this verse after he passed I got angry because I did not understand how God allowed this to happen to our family. I completely forgot to realize that Jesus never left my side during this period of mourning and grief. And to this day Jesus is taking every step with me as I go through the grief periods that still hit me.

  4. Barbara says:

    Just want to say that I attended the GIG weekend retreat Oct. 18-20th. It was so good. I enjoyed meeting “you all” and putting faces to the names and stories I have been reading every day. Thank you! Love your honesty, humor, humility, and inspiration.

  5. Kelly says:

    I am going through a bit of a rough patch. I have not told any one, not even my husband…he has enough to worry about and there is nothing he can do. Yesterday I told God I trusted him. I woke this morning and it was worse. Too early to make calls or do anything but tearfully repeat my trust. I sat down to read my devotion for today, I had missed yesterday. I asked God to speak to me. Let me find something I could cling to in the devotion. The first thing I saw was the starting phrase from your share yesterday. I love the idea that nothing can get to me with our going through Him. I literally raised my hands at my desk and cried again, but this time thank you Jesus tears. I shared on FB your picture of the lion and the wording. So glad He spoke to me through your writing. Blessings!

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