Is God good?

A recent comment, words of encouragement.

“You will again call God good.”

Pause for reflection.

is god good

I’ve cried out in anguish with a sorrow so deep there were not words to attach to the prayer. I’ve cried out in anger over sliced hot dogs, snipped drawstrings and safety fences that in the end were not enough to spare my little boy from a terrible accident. I’ve wrestled with why. Why? Why isn’t my little boy here, asleep in his little bed with his bottom in the air and a car tucked under his arm?

But did I ever stop calling God good?

I think of recent conversations, Facebook statuses and Twitter updates with others extolling the virtues of God.

“Car needs over a thousand dollars worth of work. Didn’t know how we were going to afford it. Then we did our taxes and the money we’re getting back covers it almost exactly.

Isn’t God amazing?

“Had lots of errands. Forgot to fill the tank. Low fuel light came on as we came into a part of town where I did not want to stop. Ran out of gas, coasted down a hill, into a gas station and right to the pump.

Isn’t God faithful?”

“Hubby got the job! After over a year, our savings held out and he got the job!

Isn’t God good?”

Pause for reflection.

What about when things don’t turn out so well?

As I knelt on the floor, the weight of a dresser on my back, trying to keep my son’s head and neck straight as I rolled him to his side so he wouldn’t aspirate on his own vomit . . .

{Was God amazing?}

As I stood shaking in the ER, wanting to be with him (needing to be with him), terrified of being in the way as I heard them trying over and over and over to get him intubated . . .

{Was God faithful?}

And, only minutes after a nurse had told us he would be in room 201, went over the use of the respite rooms, admonished us to be strong for him, as the surgeon came in and told us he couldn’t save our son . . .

{Was God good?}

It isn’t really something we post to Facebook quite like that, but even in tragedy, God is amazing. He is faithful. He is good. Because His character is not dependent on my circumstances. His character is not revealed through my wealth nor through my safety nor through my comfort.

His character is revealed through the cross.

And as I think of my son crushed, his skull broken, his form lifeless, I can think of only one thing.

Our Father did it willingly. For me. For you. For the world He loved so much He gave His only begotten son.

Happy Easter.

(This was reposted for Easter.)

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Beautiful. What a powerful witness for Christ you have. My love and prayers are with your family this Easter as you celebrate the resurrection and the assurance and reminder it gives that you will be with Tiggy again one day.


Wow. So powerful. So true. As we celebrate the resurrection, I think of Tiggy being there with Jesus. I bet they REALLY celebrate up there. 🙂 Praying for your family.


Wow! I’m speechless. I’m praying for you and your beautiful family. Have a blessed Easter, dear Dana!


Thank you for writing this. As our family approaches a year from the day our 3 year old went to be with her heavenly father after an accident in our home, these are the things I tend to ponder. Despite the lingering question of “why God?”, the truth always remains…God IS good. I have prayed for your family.


I have never felt so connected to the Gospel story as I do now.


“because His character is not dependent on my circumstances.” you are my hero. i am hugging you so tightly right now. i hope you can feel it. thank you for teaching me the lessons of faith every day. God is indeed so good….


Thank you!! Even in the midst of all your family is going through, you gave honor and praise to God. What a testimony to the many people who read your blog. I pray God will continue to heal your family and that you have an amazing Easter.


Dana, What a beautiful post and how reflective of my own heart. Tomorrow, we will place a memorial stone at the grave of our son. Tomorrow would have been his 13th birthday. Tomorrow is 10 months since we placed his body there. Tomorrow is Good Friday because God is Good and yes, he is amazing and faithful as well. May your Easter weekend be blessed as ours will be as we celebrate our loving God, rejoicing that our sons are together with Him in Paradise forever.


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What a beautiful way to bring glory to God in your circumstances. Thank you! You are right – God knows exactly what you are going through. He gave his Son willingly. Thank you for the morning cry and change in perspective.

Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox

How very real that Sacrifice must be to you this year. Thank you for sharing your heart.


Love this post.

“His character is not dependent on my circumstances……His character is revealed through the cross.” — I will be quoting you often.

And as I go to the cemetery today to place flowers on my son’s marker, I will be reminding my family this very thing.

God has never let us down.


Beautifully said. Thank you.


A friend of mine lost her premature baby on Easter Sunday. Her faith was strong enough to comfort many of her friends. One thing that always sticks with me is the pastor of the church asking quietly “Would you want him back?’ For many of us I think it was a true realization he was in a better place. I wish you and your family a Joyful Easter with much peace in your hearts.


Powerful words. “For me. For you.” We all need to remember that. Thank you for your reminder.


Great post Dana. Happy Easter. Even now God remains good.


I must admit great concern when I first started reading your post, but then saw the direction in which you were headed.

“As we see Dana work through and relate to voluntary brokenness of a son.”

Yes, God is GOOD!

You are doing just fine, dear lady. Even when it doesn’t feel like it. You’re not getting over it, but you are getting through it. Praising God for his work in you this morning.

{{{{Dana}}}} Your words are so hard, yet so true. And it is the truth, whether we understand it or not, that will set us free. God IS good……all of the time……even when it doesn’t feel like it. Yet, its not our *feelings* that determine God’s Goodness, but God’s Truth revealed to us through His written Word to us which reveals Who He is to us. God will continue to use Mattias to touch the hearts of people through your words which communicate who God is both in times of joy and in times of hurt. Blessings to you and your… Read more »

This is quite possibly the most beautiful witness to God I have ever read. I pray for you daily and am so sorry for the loss of your baby.