“Let’s skip to the good bit”

It was just me and him in the car driving home. The radio wasn’t playing my kind of music but somehow that didn’t matter. Wanting to be more intentional about embracing the moments in my life, I was grateful for the time I had with just him. Having four children, I have always treasured one on one times with each of them. This was one of those times. Grateful for time just to be and to chat. It didn’t matter what was playing.

Suddenly, a line from one of the songs caught my attention “Let’s skip to the good bit”.

Those words got me thinking. Don’t we often live life like that? Merely enduring or even ignoring what is uncomfortable, hard, and maybe painful just to get to the “good bit”. Always longing for the “good bit” in life. The smooth. The comfortable. The easy. The blessings.

What if we started seeing all of life as “the good bit”? What if we had the courage to stop and look for the blessings in the uncomfortable, the hard, and the painful? What if we went a step further and embraced the uncomfortable, the hard, and the painful and thanked God for it?

I was recently reminded that God is always good and we are always loved. We may not feel it and it may not seem a reality. But it is. Truth does not depend on how we feel. Truth depends on God alone and his unchanging character.

Job, a wealthy man in the Old Testament, experienced the uncomfortable, the hard, and the painful. In a very short time, he lost his children, his livestock, his possessions, and then even his health. His wife who could no longer bear his suffering, said: “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” (Job 2:9)

What was Job’s response? “But Job replied, ‘You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?’ So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.” (Job 2:10)  

Even in the midst of many unhelpful words from his friends, Job was able to say: “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought! (Job 19:25-27)

Centuries later, we are still learning from the life of Job. God’s purposes are far-reaching. 

With eyes on his living Redeemer, Job embraced and learned from the One who is unchanging. The One who had created him. The One who was in control. The One who was present in the uncomfortable, the hard, and the painful.

Isn’t that the blessing? In the uncomfortable embracing the One who brings comfort. (Psalm 94:19, 22; 145:8, 9, 14) In the hard acknowledging the One whose ways and thoughts are higher than ours. (Isaiah 55:9) In the painful accepting the One whose purposes and plans for our lives are for good. (Jeremiah 29:11)

The very act of looking up and giving thanks will enable us to be a “Christ-like fragrance rising up to God; a life-giving perfume.” (2 Corinthians 2:15, 16) 

The very act of looking up and giving thanks will open our eyes to countless blessings like hidden treasure. 

Be blessed and encouraged as you look up and find those hidden blessings in your life.