I recently had a really good conversation with someone. You know, a really good one, where you’re left with more to think about than when you first started. The kind of conversation where certain words or phrases stick out like a fresh neon highlighter on a bright white page.
We were talking about the subjectivity of suffering and pain. We talked about pain but also of the good and growth that can come out of a painful experience. In the midst of our conversation, the woman I was speaking with began to talk of how life will, a lot of times, throw us circumstances where it is hard to see God at work. We spent a moment recognizing that our God is not just “good” but that He is the Good. Good, with a capital G. Ultimately, we spoke of trusting the Lord, trusting our Good God, when life appears to be anything but “good.” She noted that, despite any form of suffering, we still have Good because we still have God. One specific phrase continues to play through my mind. She spoke with confidence and joy, reminding me that all things will work together for good saying
We are an Easter people, we have hope, we know that death–that pain–is not the end.
That phrase stuck out to me and I have pondered it for too long over the past three days.
We are an Easter people.
We have hope, we have peace, and we have joy. Death is not the final say because Christ defeated the grave! Suffering is not the end and pain is not the last thing you will feel because God is at work and God is Good. His plan is unfolding and it might seem chaotic but He works with a Perfect Peace and a love that rolled away the tombstone. I hope these words give you encouragement to seek out The Good in whatever you might find yourself tangled in this day.
We might find ourselves in the middle of a struggle that seems endless. Or in the middle of a time that seems hopeless. But take heart! This day, and always, we are an Easter people.