My dad has been saying "God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good," before God's Not Dead made it cool. But it was true back then, and it's true now.
It's too often that we get caught up in all the bad things going on. News media makes this easier than ever. There's trouble in the Middle East, there's trouble in Europe, there's a killing here and a terrorist attack there. There's never a lack of bad news, and we weren't designed to handle all of it. We often forget that God's still out there, and that God's still good no matter what's going on.
Let's take my new laptop for an example. I wanted to replace my six-year-old HP Pavilion, and so I looked around and decided I wanted a 13-inch Dell Inspiron 2-in-1. They ran for about $600. No problem. I'd save up my money and maybe have it by October. Sometime in mid-May, my mom decided she had to return something at Kohl's. Our Kohl's is right next to Office Depot, and since I was in a computer-shopping mood, I decided to check and see if they had my Inspiron.
I wasn't optimistic. It was sure to be expensive, if they had it. I'd already looked at Sam's Club and Walmart; they didn't carry it. But I looked anyway, and I found it. On sale. I snapped up the $250 savings and bought my new companion the next day. And then I named her Faye.
I have a habit of naming things; I suppose it comes from creating so many characters. But Faye is a special name. Faye is a misspelling of the Spanish word Fe, which means "faith." It describes perfectly what we need to have optimism.
Whenever I see Faye, or type on her, or remember that I'm crazy enough to name a laptop, I remember that we need to have faith in God's goodness. We need to have faith that, even when we can't even find a store that carries what we need, God's about to give it to us on sale. That when everything's going downhill, things are about to look up.
God's goodness in the midst of trial is one thing I'm trying to get across in Where I Stand, the sequel I'm working on to Where the Clouds Catch Fire. I have one scene in mind (that I haven't gotten around writing yet) where everything seems to be going wrong for Alynn. Lukas challenges her to find one thing to be grateful for, and when she struggles, he reminds her that the sun is shining. That God's still smiling, and that everything's going to work out in the end.
When has God come through for you? I'd love to hear it in the comments below! God bless you, dear reader, and have a wonderful day!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.