By: Susan Bea Good
“For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son…And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him. And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself. And having given them right standing, He gave them His glory.” (Romans 8:29-30/NLT)
When I was five my family lived in the last house on Bluehill Dr. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our home bordered a pine forest where I was molested by strangers throughout the summer before I entered Kindergarten. I am grateful to not have a full memory of the people involved in those months of abuse. What I do remember is gaining a deep sense of the nature of evil. Before we moved from that property, less than two years later, God called me to trust Him. I had heard the song, “Jesus Loves Me” maybe hundreds of times, but I needed God to use the evil actions of others to draw me to Himself before I could receive Him as my Savior.
God saves His children.
A few years later God called me to the bedside of my mother, who informed me that she had ingested her supply of sleeping pills, and was dying. Just weeks before that awful Saturday morning God gave me a dream, that I was running to rescue my family.
God prepares His children.
In 1966 there was no 911 service in Rockford, Michigan. Cell phones did not yet exist, so it was not possible for my father to receive an emergency call from his eight year old daughter. At an early age I understood the need for discretion in my home, and so, prepared with a dream and a destination, I ran to our local doctor’s office. Necessary information was whispered over the tall counter to nurse Clawson, who relayed it to Dr. Ferrand, who then retrieved my mother in his station wagon and saved her life. Though my mother survived that suicide attempt I observed that she never recovered from her choice that day. As for me, I became skilled at compartmentalization.
God preserves His children.
God’s own children know that He is always working to make life good. Not “good” as we might prefer in the moment, but good in the lasting sense. His transformative-labor extends throughout every aspect of our lives…every tempting trial, every broken dream, and every disappointing relationship.
God produces good for His children.
Year by year God moulded opportunities for me to learn more of His ways. If I had been permitted to have my own way there would be nothing worth sharing here now. Instead, He insisted upon having His way in my life- though through most of my early decades His work went unrecognized! That compartmentalization, which had been a gift to me, has now been dismantled. I didn’t choose to do that, He did! Today, there is no “safe” place for me to park the painful, broken, lost and betrayed parts of my history…these are all out in the open now and have done their near-complete work…His work.
God perfects His children.
God is faithful to finish the work of changing hearts to be like that of Jesus the Son. He demonstrates perfect love for the hardened, hurting and hopeless. He is willing to meet people where they are and He is able to change them. We should expect that when we have traveled a ways with this compassionate God we too will emanate a Christ-like love.
God loves His children.
This blogger writes to encourage genuine Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and choose to be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!