If you had faith the size of a mustard seed,
you could tell this mountain to move and it would.
From Matthew 17:20
I’m still hurting over what occurred at the United States Capitol on January 6. I prayed while everything transpired and I’ve prayed since for all concerned. All the while, I’ve stood sheepishly in God’s presence without the courage to ask, “What are you going to do about this?”
In an effort to distract myself from my worry, I turned to the wall which features photos of my loved ones who’ve passed. As I gazed at my father-in-law in his army uniform and my stepdad in his American Legion gear, a chill ran down my spine. “How did you endure the war?” I asked them. I didn’t wait for their responses because another photo caught my eye. Sister Gerard is my mom’s aunt who lived through three wars and several bouts with cancer. After spending years teaching at a boarding school for boys, she shared, “I’ve taught convicts and bishops, lawyers, janitors and butchers and I love them all. God put each one into my life. God is good!” Whenever Sister Gerard shared her stories she ended with the same observation:God is good.
I wondered if God had intentionally distracted me from that question I was reluctant to ask. Before I could look upward to discuss this, thoughts of Sister Gerard returned. This time, I pictured her at age ninety-two. I’d visited her because she was in the midst of her final bout with cancer. She smiled at me from her sickbed as she admitted, “I was a little upset that God didn’t cure me this time around. Then, I thought about where I’m going and said ‘Thank you!’ God is so good!”
With that, I looked upward to acknowledge, “You didn’t cure Sister Gerard because something far better was in store for her. You’re not fixing this mess because there is something far better around the corner. We’ll get to that something if we walk together and work together to find it. Yes, God, you are good!”
Dear God, thank you equipping us with just enough of your goodness to fix things.
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