Have you ever wondered if God has different definitions for words than we do? I've come to believe that maybe His definition of "good" is different from mine. For example, my "good" would never include cancer, car accidents, war, or natural disasters. My "good" would consist of healing of all diseases, protection from all accidents and evil, seeing both my children live long and healthy lives, and dying peacefully in my sleep at a ripe old age.
But in God's dictionary, could it be that "good" means anything that brings us closer to Him ... whatever that may be?
As we closed every one of our emails ten years ago with the words, "God is good all the time", this was a concept with which we were just beginning to grapple. What was His "good" in our family's situation going to be?
"...Yet in the maddening maze of things,
And tossed by storm and flood,
To one fixed trust my spirit clings;
I know that God is good!"
~John Greeleaf Whittier