I added a quote to my quote page the other day. It goes like this:
“Yet I believe that good is coming to me–that good is always coming; though few have at all times the simplicity and the courage to believe it. What we call evil, is the only and best shape, which, for the person and his condition at the time, could be assumed by the best good.” by Anodos in “Phantastes, a Faerie Romance for Men and Women” by George MacDonald.
I don’t know about you, but I have to read that over a few times. The story is a fantasy adventure that takes Anodos through Fairy Land where his experiences challenge everything he had ever known as reality. Along the way he grows and becomes a very different person by walking through the hardships and joys of this path. Very often he was in despair and gave up hope of surviving, but in the end he can say that “good is always coming”.
I also just finished the new book by Philip Yancey, “The Question That Never Goes Away”. It revisits the question he addressed decades ago, “Where Is God When It Hurts?” He gives no pat, safe answers to the dilemma of suffering, but he does assure us of God’s presence in the midst of it all. He is the God who understands suffering and pain. As God the Father, He lost a Son. As Jesus, He laid down His life in incredible suffering and injustice. He truly knows and stands with us in the midst of any and all pain.
And, yes, good is always coming. Eternity holds more than we can ever dream, and all of this life with every pain and trial will be redeemed for good fully and forever. Rejoice and be blessed!!