Wednesday, June 22

God is so good

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.

There is peace in trusting God.

I wish I could do that truth justice by elaborating, but I don't think I can. It is so much more complete without my limiting influence. So take a moment to think on it before reading on.

So often, people say that God is good and then share what He has done for them that makes them feel good. His goodness is not limited to our happy feelings. He is good even when we don't see it.

I realize that I am not God, but my children's relationships with me constantly teach me about my relationship with God. I have one child who often tells me whether or not he thinks I'm a good mom. I'm a good mom when I make sure he has clean clothes to wear, a pillow for his head, a tasty or healthy meal, books to read, and a smile from me. In fact, when he's happy, he's as likely to praise me for giving him buttered broccoli as for letting him go swimming. He's generous with his gratitude and praise, as long as he's in the mood to give it.

On the other hand, when he is in a bad mood, he's quick to tell me I am a bad mom. When I require him to wear clean clothes, lie down on his bed, eat the food that's been prepared, read a story, or if I dare to smile at him, he will let me know I'm a terrible mother. As far as he's concerned, perception is reality.

I will admit, it took me a couple of years to stop taking it personally. But I'm learning that his perception of me is sometimes like our perception of God. Sadly, my son may never bond with me to the point that he knows I'm a good mother regardless of how he feels. (And anyway, there are moments when I'm not a good mother. That doesn't help.) I hope that someday, in spite of his relationship with me, he will grow close enough to God to know that God truly is good all the time.


  1. Great insight!

    "Perception is reality" can really get a lot of people in trouble...

  2. That's something I've begun working on with my child who is inclined to think like yours about my mothering quality and other things based on his mood. Contrary to Star Wars philosophy, quite often we cannot trust our feelings.

    I love that passage! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Heidi

    Your page is nice and simple, I like that. I have more questions, I'll post at LL@H.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Oh, and...I think we have twin kids, only mine is a girl...she is very much a perception is reality type person, (never could verbalize it before, thanks for the words!) much too much like her own momma, I'm afraid :( Praying for her own little a-ha moments from the heart of God!