Life is Hard, God is Good

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.

3 comments
  1. Oh Alyssa, I cried as I read this today..how wise and insightful you are as a young lady..how profoundly true & honest your comments..I needed to hear them right now as I too have been struggling with Life being hard..of course in different ways from you…I will continue to pray for your feelings of sadness, homesickness and struggles with the language..I do care:) hugs!

  2. This is so true – I had a really easy, happy life growing up, and I was a very happy person – I thought I was joyful until I started going through some really hard stuff as an adult and I realized I had never come face-to-face with this truth that life IS hard. I knew that it was hard for other people, but until I really had a chance to prove that yes, life is hard but God is good through my own experience, I didn’t really have that deep, abiding joy and peace that can only come through trials. I know God will use those hard moments and those strong emotions to grow and strengthen you as He has for me. Praying for you!! It’s such a blessing that we can have true joy in spite of any circumstances around us, because as you said, God IS good. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. I hope the legacy of your experience in my country to be this:

    “Cheio de Deus, não temo o que virá,
    Pois venha o que vier, nunca será
    Maior do que a minha alma.”

    Fernando Pessoa

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