July 23, 2019

While on vacation earlier this summer, Shannon and I went to the Davis Mountains. It was absolutely beautiful. And what made it even better was that there was no cell phone service at our campsite in the state park. For me, it was a dream come true.

I grew up when cell phones were the sorts of things you would see in a Jetson’s cartoon. It was a time when you didn’t have to be continually tethered to the internet, email, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, voicemail, or Instagram.

While I enjoyed every second of not being continually bombarded by a never-ending stream of information, for Shannon it was the exact opposite. She was constantly frustrated as she checked her phone hoping that somehow she was connected to the rest of the world. One of us saw the lack of cell phone service as a blessing while the other saw it as a curse. It all had to do with perspective. The same can be said about how we view the bad things that happen in life.

Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we know that God is so powerful he is able to bring good out of the worst possible situation. It is this unshakeable confidence that allows us to continually hold fast to the understanding that God is good. This is not the view held by others.

Just know that God is working in your life through the very good and also the very bad. That’s how much God loves you.

That’s why Paul said, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Good is going to happen, so is bad. God will work through both to bring us home. That’s all that matters.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, give me the faith to truly believe that you work through the good and the bad in my life. Help me trust where I cannot see, have the wisdom to never doubt your love, and the resolve to never let go of your hand. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

After my wonderful experience in the Davis Mountains, I am convinced that there is no cell phone service in heaven. I cannot wait to get there.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins