Like many pursuits in life I found quickly that while the destination was important, the journey itself was going to be very rewarding. I was also faced with the reality that I do not spend nearly enough time reflecting, remembering, and reminiscing. My wife who epitomizes consistency and steadiness has had the same FB account since before 2008 I believe. So when I went to the photos section of her page in search of Hudson's baby pictures to compare to Garrison's I couldn't resist the urge to browse through a few other albums that caught my attention. Those few became a few more and so on. The next thing you know I had completely lost track of time. Years of memories flooded my thoughts.
Those pictures had been sitting there for years, and yet I am just now sitting down to appreciate them? What's wrong with me? I think sometimes we simply get too busy to appreciate how good life is, and how good life has been.
God has certainly been good. God is good. I have a wonderful wife, still. I don't mean that to say she is still wonderful and I am surprised. I say that to mean that she has always been wonderful and I am so glad and amazed that I still have her! We have four wonderful children. We wondered for the longest time if we would be able to have kids at all, and now people are wondering if we are ever going to stop (joking...for the most part). I couldn't have asked for two better older brothers to our youngest two sons. Clayton has become such a responsible young man who loves the Lord and seems to have such a grasp of spiritual things. Quinton is all boy. He is sharp as a tack, and has so much potential. Hudson is my little buddy, and Garrison is finally beginning to seem more like a little person (babies weird me out). We have the best dog on planet earth. Bauer has been such a wonderful part of our family. Our boys love him and he certainly loves them. Time would fail me to mention all of our family and friends. We are so very blessed. I mean that sincerely. I love my family and I love our many friends, and I am so thankful for them all.
This life's journey has been incredible. Lindsay and I married young by today's standards. I was 20 and she was 19. That was in 2002 on June 1st. That day definitely represents one of the best decisions I have ever made, and certainly it is a manifestation of God's grace and goodness. In June, Lindsay and I will have been married for 11 years. So much has happened in that time. We have grown up (mostly...at least she has... I think...ok we are working on it). We have been a part of three churches, seen many different places called home, traveled, ministered together, been through ups and downs together, we've bought cars, we've wrecked cars, we've made friends that we will have for the rest of our lives. Words don't seem adequate to convey all that is in my heart, but they'll have to do I suppose.
God is good. Having a sort of panoramic view of life helps to remind us of that I suppose. The truth though is that God is good regardless of circumstances. God's goodness cannot be on trial in our lives. God is good. We will certainly see that if we take the time to reflect and we view life properly, and so we ought to do those things. We ought always to strive to make sure we have a proper perspective. We need to see ourselves for who and what we are. We also need to strive to see God, as best we can, for who and what He is. If we do this, then realizing God's goodness will not be difficult. So we need to develop a biblical perspective of life and a biblical estimation of God and ourselves. But beyond that we need to take time to reflect on all of the temporal manifestations of God's goodness in our lives. It is undeniable. There is ample evidence. God is good. God has been good, and God is good. It's a shame how often I have allowed certain undesirable circumstances cause me to call into question God's goodness. It ought not be so. God deserves better and such question is unfounded. This life will end someday. Of that we can all be certain. Enjoy the journey and praise the Lord!