In the last few years I’ve become obsessed with the worship song, “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin. While the music is catchy and relaxing, it’s the words that have stuck with me.
If you’re not familiar with the song, Chris sings about hearing thousands of stories about what other people think God is like. But in the end, he sings that knowing God is remembering that we’re never alone. God’s always there. And it’s through His whispers that we’re really able to know Him. He’s a good, good Father.
What do you know to be true of your Heavenly Father? In what ways have your experiences helped shape your view of Him? Is there a name or characteristic that really sticks out to you right now?
I don’t know about you, but I definitely have times when I feel that God is far away. When things happen to me and others around me that I just can’t comprehend or understand, it can feel like God’s left me alone on a boat without oars to get to shore. It’s times likes these where it can be hard to remember that He’s a good, good Father.
But, being God, He’s always good. There is nothing that is in or of Him that is not good.
When I become overwhelmed or question whether God is good or the things that He places in my life are good, I’ve tried to make a practice of stopping and listening. I try to take my eyes off a screen and take a look around me and see what God’s creation has to say about Him. The birds singing, my daughter laughing, people holding hands as they walk down the street, the smile I like to think my dog shares with me when she’s panting on days with 90% humidity . . . it all points to how good my Father is and just how much He loves me.
But don’t get me wrong--it’s definitely a practice and something I need to be held accountable to do instead of spur into a whirl of anxiety. So, I want to encourage you to try this along with me, and feel free to call me out if I’m not modeling well!
All that to say, whatever you’re experiencing today, this week, or this year, remember that you have a good, good Father. He’s for you. He’s near you. He loves you.
Written by Kelli Gilmore