It was nearly three years ago when my then 18-year-old son became a paraplegic due to a surgical error. I still remember, in the instant we were told the tragic news, I was immediately given two thoughts: “We are going to be OK” and “I only know this because I know that the Lord is, above all things, good.”
This truth became my bedrock for a faith that would carry me, my son, and my family in the days, weeks, and months to follow.
Our good God showed up repeatedly and made Himself known in a myriad of ways. From dear friends who cried and prayed with us and lovingly prepared meals, to specific answers to prayer and many more ways I cannot even express, God demonstrated His goodness.
His kindness paved the way to a deep, abiding peace.
I encourage you to read Psalm 145 in its entirety. It is an amazing passage. From this passage, I learned two important truths that have served me well in this season.
- If you look carefully, God has sewn a blessing into every day. Some days these blessings are easier to find than others, but no matter how dark a day felt, I could always find at least one blessing that He placed there just for me.
- When you see that blessing, speak it out loud to someone else. Thoughts are too easily brushed aside or smothered with lies and sheer exhaustion. But when blessings are spoken out loud, that is praise at its finest. Once a praise is spoken, it is like light in a dark place, and it literally drives back the darkness and gives hope for one more day.
So, the next time you are faced with a season that seems impossible to bear, remember:
The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, LORD. —Psalm 145:9–10a, NIV
Prayer: Father, help us see the blessings You have sewn into each new day, and give us the courage to tell others of Your goodness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sean Dana is an International Trip Manager at our Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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