God is so good, even in those moments where we don't take time to realize it, When pastors say: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good” they aren't kidding.
I am an off the beaten path type gal, and I enjoy swimming against the popular stream typically, and in being so, it inspires me to also look at things that others do not – more specifically to look at things the way that others do not. I often reflect on the past – a little too often sometimes, to my chagrin – and, while there are some super painful moments that come into mind, moments that – in my own shallow human condition – if I could go back and change (either by forethought or a fan-fictional DeLorean) I absolutely, unequivocally would... I imagine that the Lord allowed them to happen for a reason beyond my comprehension, allowed me to keep the pain from them for a reason and allowed me to glean so much from that very pain.
So yes, even in the pain, God is good.
I think about timing a lot, timing in the past, the present and future, timing in general. Timing. God is outside of time, but He uses time, doesn't He? He uses it so masterfully so, ordaining every moment of every thing, like gears in a clock that must line up so very perfectly for everything to run. Everything from the crazy-fast rotation of the earth in alignment with all of the other plants, to the police-chase that came within 2 feet of smashing into the car with my children and me in it, God has everything in his timing, it's all in His hand. Can you imagine if we could just grasp this concept alone? How relieved would we be? To realize the comfort in things being truly out of our hands.
Have you ever planned a party, or any type of event really, and been rushing around to make it all perfect? If you're cooking a meal, decorating for a party, or doing any other task that takes precision and skill with a healthy dose of time-crunching, then you know what a joy and relief it is (unless you're an absolute control freak) to have someone come up to you and offer their assistance. “Hey let me take those potatoes off your hands! I'll take it from here!” Yes! Mashed potatoes taken care of! What simple relief is it to have a task totally taken from you by a capable person? It frees you us, lets you focus on another task, lets you relax. The relief we could experience if we just realize God's perfect timing and provision far surpasses any relief we get from having a mashed potato assistant, friends! This is the good stuff!