We drop anchor in the goodness of God. The psalmist said that we should give God thanks and praise his name for one main reason: The Lord is good. David ended his most familiar psalm with the same focus. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” The literal translation is even better: Surely goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life…. Writes John Piper, “When things are going ‘bad’ that does not mean God has stopped doing good. It means he is shifting things around to get them in place for more good…He works all things together for good for those who love him.”
Your trust and willingness to take your sticky fingers off the steering wheel of your life rest on the risk that, in fact, the goodness of God will catch you when you let go. What you don’t know–and why the risk feels electriacally charged–is how and when and in what manner you will experience his mercy. You are simply and mightily assured that you will.
And that is how it is that you can be on the edge of your chair–and yet strangely, at peace.
Excerpted from Strong Women Soft Hearts.