How do you give voice to God’s goodness when your soul naturally feels it can’t?
I had never seen an airbag deployed.
Until the other week.
I was in a car accident.
It was bad. I slammed on the brakes to stop in time, but it did no good.
It was just like you see in the movies. Everything went in slow mo as I braced myself for impact ahead.
I was shaken.
Once the car got towed away and I made it back home, I steadied myself to dive into the details.
The first thing I did was figure out what was covered in in my auto insurance policy.
What are my benefits?
Some people talk about the importance of remembering to thank God when times are good.
Everyone is wired differently, but remembering God when times are good isn’t a stretch for me.
I tend to magnify the good, little things into wonderful reasons to celebrate God at work in my life.
I’m what you might call sentimental.
But, the opposite is true for me too.
When something bad happens, I tend to magnify those things also.
I naturally forget God’s goodness — and I start to go down the path of worry and worst case scenarios.
I’ve learned not to feel guilty when I hear my thoughts heading in that direction.
Instead, I tell myself, “This is the normal reaction of being human.”
There’s no shame in feeling soul-weak when we find ourselves in the crossfires of life’s traffic.
But, I don’t stop there.
I tell myself to start focusing.
— Remember God’s benefits.
— Remember God’s goodness.
Have a talk with Jesus.
Really get into the details.
And tell Him you really need Him.
Oh Jesus (exhale),
My mind knows I have everything I need… I have you.
But, my soul isn’t talking. It needs to be reminded again of… the benefits of belonging to you.
Travel back in time and remember God’s goodness, His faithfulness.
Just don’t stop when you struggle.
Lean into Jesus as you wrestle to remember His goodness. Take the time and He will meet you there.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits.” Psalm 103:2
Give voice to God’s goodness right now.
What jumps into your mind when you read Psalm 103:2 — “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits.”?
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