you good?

so, are you?
and…what does that mean?

does that mean…

healthy
fine
tip-top
strong
virtuous
having integrity
the opposite of bad…

or can it mean…

how are you?
are things going well?
do you need anything?

a certain adorably handsome 19-month old asks this question
a lot…

you good?

truly…are you?
are things going well?

or are you struggling?
are you feeling empty?

You know those places where we’re feeling empty?  Those formless places in us, our family, our year — Right where our hopes haven’t happened yet — the Spirit of God hovers now.  Right where it’s dark & it’s deep, our Divine Helper hovers close.  Right where it’s formless, it’s not ever, ever, ever hopeless — because we have a Father who hovers near, His love spread over us like wings (Gen.1:1-2).
And right now?  Right over our darkest, emptiest, most hopeless, most unspoken broken place — Grace hovers so close, it touches us, lights us.  Grace loves us when we are at our darkest worst — and wraps us in the best light. – Ann Voskamp

you good?

are you feeling lost
out of control
helpless
hopeless

you good?

are you needing…
answers
direction
help

you good?

and God saw that his creation was beautiful and good…

we
are
good…
and beautiful – God said so!

so what happens
from the moment of the declaration
“you are good”
to wondering if we really are or not?
do we get in the way?

when do we become
fearful
anxious
sad
lonely
struggling
empty
out of control
helpless…?
when does that happen??

do we shift our focus?
do we think muchly?

you good?

well, no, not really
if I am honest.
I am kind of struggling
and frustrated
and I have a lot of questions…

you good?

yeah, I’m going to be good
I know that….
it’s just going to take me a minute

 

The Lord is my Best Friend and my Shepherd.
I always have more than enough.

 
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.

 
That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure,
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honor to his name.

 
Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me though it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

 
You become my delicious feast
even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;
you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.

 
So why would I fear the future?
For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.
Then afterwards – when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! – Psalm 23, the Passion translation

 

grace that is good…

 

 

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