I have been dealing with some medical things lately involving extra tests and procedures to be sure everything is as it should be.
And when I had enough information to feel like I could tell friends and family that all was fine, I typed up an email. As I wrapped up the information, I expressed our relief that things were good and our gratitude for everyone's support and prayers. Then I started to type, "God is good."
And I paused.
Not because it isn't true, but because it is true. Always. Even if my news had been very different.
I couldn't feel okay about typing "God is good" at the end of our good news because that felt like I was saying God was good because I was okay, because I got the report I wanted. But God is good all the time - in good times and in hard ones, in good news and in devastating news. While I could have typed it and it would have been true, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Some day, the news won't be good, the answers I want won't come.
When that day comes, I hope I can say "God is good."