Life is hard. I see people dying and getting sick. I see people having problems with family and friends. Life is hard. I have strong feelings. Feelings of loneliness, homesickness, and anger. Feelings of helplessness, fear, and sadness. Life is hard. I am afraid to try to make new friends. I’m not sure I know the culture well enough. Life is hard. Portuguese is a hard language and is hard to remember. Some days I just want to forget all the Portuguese I know. Life is hard. Other days I am just sad. There is no good reason for it, I’m just sad. Life is hard.
What do you do with feelings like this? I remember one simple, yet profound thing: God is Good. God is Good. He is good all the time, when I’m happy, sad, angry, lonely, annoyed. He is good. The crazy part is that He doesn’t have to be. No one is leaning over God and saying, “Be nice to everyone today.” God chooses to. He chooses to care about me and my feelings. He chooses to love me no matter what. Good is Good. This is the simple truth.
Life may be hard, but I serve a God who is bigger than my problems and my feelings. I serve a God that cares. I serve a God who loves me for who I am. My God is bigger than anything life can dish out. My challenge is to remember this: Life is hard, God is Good.