It was a typo. I often use the phrase “it’s a good thing.” But this time a letter was missing.
It’s a god thing. That set me to thinking – how many things are God things. When we are counting our blessings, how many can we count before losing the train of thought, being interrupted, or running out of things to list.
I’ve never run out of things to list, but I have been interrupted or I’ve lost the train of thought – even have fallen asleep, having counted them instead of sheep.
What about the bad things? My Mom’s disabilities before her death? God knew all about that and saw her faith in Him continue. My mother-in-law’s dementia before her death? God knew all about that, though her memory could not comprehend His care. Neither situation removed them from His care. That’s a God thing.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 KJV)
God things are eternal. We’re told that in so many places in the Bible.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; (2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV)
Often our afflictions do not seem light – especially when a loved one is the target of such an affliction. Seems as though we can handle it better for ourselves than we can for a loved one. Then comes a time when we can look past this time, this place and agree with Paul:
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV)
The unbelieving scoffs and wonders why we could possibly believe there is a spiritual eternity, knowing that life ends at death.
We, having passed through that unbelief, stand in sorrow wondering why they could possibly ignore even a possibility that there is, and prepare for it. We pray for them.