When the Going is Good
For those who have believed in God
for many years, reaching out to God in times of trouble is pretty natural. In
fact, many of us may be quick to ask God for help when we encounter a problem,
and quick to thank God when our problem is resolved. But what about the period
in between, after our problems are resolved and before the next hardship comes
What about when the going is good?
For me, this is the period when I
tend to push God away the most. Life is smooth; I just want to enjoy it. I want
to spend more time with friends or on hobbies or interests that I don’t otherwise
have time for. I don’t need to read as much Bible or to pray thirty minutes at
a time; I can relax a bit and do what I want.
In Luke 17:11-19, ten lepers were
cleansed on their way to the priest. Nine of them possibly thought, “I can
finally go and see my family and friends! I can finally enjoy my life!” But
only one threw himself at Jesus’ feet and humbly said, “Thank you, Lord. I am
We may have the faith to ask God
for help and the courtesy to acknowledge Him when He bestows a major blessing,
but do we really treat God as our friend? Do we willingly spend time meditating
on His word even when we aren’t looking for comfort? Do we praise and thank God
for another typical day, smoothly come and gone?
Sometimes when I talk with my mom
over the phone, she asks me, “Are you happy?” Our parents try very hard to give
us a happy life. If we are happy, we should let them know. That way, they can
be joyful knowing that their efforts have made a difference. So it is with God,
our friend and Father. As eager as He is for us to confide in Him, He is eager
for us to share our joys with Him. How pleased God would be if we took the
time, in our happiness and contentment, to say “Lord, I am happy and well.
Let Him know today that His
sacrifice wasn’t for nothing, and that His love, in times of distress or peace,
does not go unnoticed.