God is good, all the time

By Helen Guilford

The old adage, “God is good all the time; all the time God is good” began making Christian circles quite a few years ago. On the surface, it sounds good and Christians readily agree with it. But then something happens and the bottom falls out of one’s life.

“God is good all the time, all the time God is good.” Really?

Well, that was easy to agree with when things were going well, but what about now? Times have changed.

Where is God’s goodness today – during and following the pandemic? When jobs are lost with the result that homes are also lost? Lives that held such promise are lost? Even children are lost?

We have followed television news and have joined in the celebration of healthcare workers when they gathered to escort a long-time patient (maybe weeks or months) being discharged to go home.

Yes, we rejoice with them but behind that rejoicing is there also a wide range of concern for their financial future? Much of that hospital time may have been spent in ICU.

Think back to the time when you or someone close to you spent a few days in the hospital due to illness or surgery. If you actually saw the whole bill before insurance paid their share, you are probably still in shock.

I have watched those same images of patients being discharged and have always questioned who will pay the bill? We went to get our COVID vaccinations which were (and still are) free of charge. Would the response have been the same if we had to pay for them?

And even in spite of having been vaccinated, many have died. “God is good?”

When I lost my job in the 1980s, no one could have told me “God is good all the time, all the time God is good.” I was among those who had to relocate and seek employment elsewhere. I didn’t lose my home. No, I was able to sell it but I lost my entire way of life. I had been an EMT instructor, a member of the state emergency medicine committee and a lead EMT in the local volunteer rescue squad. That was hard to give up. “God is good?”

It took years but I was finally able to look at the big picture and see the end result – yes, God is good all the time. Only He could have worked out all the details that set me up for retirement. Yes, it took years but during those years I was also growing in my Christian faith, getting to know God better, coming to understand “the mills of God grind slowly but they grind exceeding fine!”

Like the child who had trouble being still during worship services, I say, “God’s still working on me” and God is good all the time, all the time, God is good. Get to know Him for it is through His goodness that He provides a Way for us to spend eternity in heaven with Him.

By Helen Guilford