A few months ago I received a notice from our bank that our home insurance had gone up an exorbitant amount. I had put aside the annual statement from the insurance company without much thought as we had never had a claim. As I looked at the notice from the bank, panic began to well up inside as I thought of the added monthly expense. We had just purchased this home a year ago and struggled to find reasonable rates thanks to the hail history of our living area. Throughout the afternoon, I fought (unsuccessfully) the urge not to snap at my kids and found myself resenting my husband for not knowing this area of our finances.
After supper I pulled out my laptop, angry that I had to repeat the difficult search I had just accomplished a year ago. I Googled insurance companies and behold, the first company I contacted gave me a better policy at a substantial savings. Not only was the escrow handled smoothly, even though the old policy had already been paid by our bank, but we would have more money left at the end of the month. Everything I had worried about was resolved with one phone call.
After I hung up the phone with the insurance agent I said a prayer of thanksgiving to my Father. It was then that He reminded me that He is good all the time. The thing is, God was good when I first opened the letter bearing the bad news of the major increase, He was good when I was filled with tension and tried to calm myself with deep breathing and not so positive thoughts, and He was good when I was blaming my husband for something beyond his control. We may not always see what God has in store for us that quickly – or maybe fail to see it at all, but next time you are struck with a trial try reflecting on the knowledge that God is truly good all the time.
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4 NIV)
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble, He cares for those who trust in Him. (Nahum 1:7)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)