God is good!
In His goodness, He enables us to grow and conform to his goodness.
Example, Lynn and I have been planning, for a couple months now , a special weekend together for June. We also have a family member getting married in June, and Lynn casually mentioned today that her sister is coming to visit then. Seems Lynn never connected that it was the SAME weekend. Sigh. (Nor did I.)
Now there was a time <not too long ago> that a situation like this would have led to me losing my temper, berating her, yelling, and generally making a fool of myself, ruining any chance at a pleasant hometime this weekend.
Instead, God had His hand of peace on me (and Spirit of peace within me), allowing me to just work the problem and come up with the simple (and obvious) solution of just shifting our weekend a week.
Praise be to God for working His peace into us!
I stopped today at a little roadside area to walk the dog. Just an abandoned motel site. But I gradually became aware of the absolute beauty and wonder of the place.
There was a little lizard scampering across the side of the building, apparently annoyed at being interrupted in his breakfast.
There was the snow sitting, glistening in the branches of the pine trees.
There was the sun glittering in the dew of the grass.
My first thought was to stop and thank God for all this wondrous beauty. My second feeling was sadness.
Sadness for the people who believe the myth that all of creation is merely an accident of nature. The unfounded story that all that exists just happened to come into being and evolve. The fable that says there is no meaning or purpose to this life.
But there IS purpose.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Ge 1:1
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. Ge 1:31
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Ps 19:1
The heavens declare his righteousness,for God himself is judge! Ps 50:6
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. Ro 1:20