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Monday
Aug242009

good.

Today I received my "silver status" frequent flyer miles card. Although I still have two tiers to achieve--gold and platinum are next--it was still a significant moment in my life. I suppose this is because I often recall my childhood years, and how unlikely it seemed (at the time) that I would ever have a job in which I traveled to foreign countries. It was a big deal when I made it through my first sleepover in 7th grade without my parents picking me up at night because I was homesick and crying on the phone with them. But at this present state in life, I find myself living 5 hours away from my family with 2 trips to Africa in under 6 months under my belt...and I can't imagine anything different.

However, much of my travel time is spent in a car rather than a plane...sometimes for 3, 4, or even 8 hours at a time on a road trip to some domestic destination. I've become intrigued with unique road trip games and other random entertainments. More than a simple license plate or billboard alphabet game (though they can be enjoyable as well), I've had help finding other ways to fill my time. Trent and I came up with a version of "radio bingo", where we fill a paper grid with frequently played songs and search for them until one of us find 5 in-a-row. He also introduced me to RadioLab, a show on NPR that explores topics such as "time" or "laughter" in an unusual but very intriguing way. I haven't been able to stop talking about it (or the things I've learned--did you know that rats laugh when they are tickled?!?!) since I first listened to it. 

I also keep a box of "loaded questions" in my car for any commute, no matter how long or short. As I was driving to dinner tonight for Julie's birthday celebration (for those who live in Louisville, you MUST go to Napa River Grill if you are looking for an upscale restaurant with delicious food!), she got the box out and began asking Devin and I questions. She'd skip over the "lame" ones, and we'd laugh about what candy we'd most like to be or what celebrity we'd most likely stalk. But then we came to one slightly more serious in nature:

"What one word would you use to describe God?"

The question was immediately dismissed as being "too big to answer." Of course, as a lover of words, answers flooded through my head. Holy, powerful, just, Jehovah-Jireh, all-knowing, gracious...the list could go on and on.

But as I sit on my porch, surrounded by the dark stillness of this summer's night and the clear sky that displays God's glory from thousands of miles away, only one word resonates in my mind.

Good.

God is good. 

His goodness is worthy to be praised.

It's such a simple word, not as eloquent as sovereign, benevolent, infinite, or faithful. Yet I truly believe that the goodness of God is not always easy for us to grasp or truly believe. It tells so much of His nature, His love; that he is FOR us, not against us.

What one word is most significant to you, at this moment of life, in describing the nature of God? 

Reader Comments (3)

Provider.

In this chaotic time in my life I am trying to rest in God as my provider.

Aug 26, 2009 at 1:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterNeyhart

You're right, Amy. This is a boring response but you're absolutely right. By our terms, "good" is pretty generic and cliche. It's become an involuntary response and I think in our world when we're asked how we are, if things are good, I think our culture replies "but not great?" meaning what-because we say 'good' something must be altering or unsatisying?
I rambled-my bad.
Honestly, right now in my "cedar point roller coaster-esque" life....the thing that comes to mind about God....I'm frustrated and sad that I don't know what I want to know...
but mine is that God is:WHO HE IS.

Sep 6, 2009 at 12:39 PM | Unregistered Commentersomeone you know-a dorky friend.

limitless.
He can do more than we can imagine, change us in ways we could never change ourselves, and there is no end to our pursuit of Him.


your wisdom is so encouraging. thanks for the simplicity and truth of this:)
love you!

Sep 11, 2009 at 12:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterJenna

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