The Goodness of God

Preparation

Before preparing for our recent beach vacay, I had been praying, “Lord, I want to see Your light, Your goodness.” 

It wasn’t that I hadn’t seen His goodness ever, or for a long time, or even for a short period of time. In fact, I had been seeing it daily for a long time, as I had been entrenched for years in deep Bible study, deep truths, and deep personal transformation.

I just wanted to experience His goodness in a lighter way.

Vacay

I loved these yellow flowers. They caught my eye every time I passed by.

So off we went—my husband, Glynn, and I—on our first real vacation in two years. 

Exhausted on arrival, we dropped our bags and headed out to dinner at a resort restaurant. Already, I was feeling lighter—dressed in lighter clothes with warm evening sunlight and smiles everywhere. 

Messenger

On this first day at the resort, and most every day thereafter, one thing in particular stood out:

A mature gentleman, who worked as a traffic guard at a certain crossroad. 

Each time we passed by him, he seemed to rejoice in The Lord. And, he seemed to do it only when he saw us. 

Glynn with our beloved special guard.

Bueno!

This guard would blow his whistle, look up at the beautiful sky, lift his hands to Heaven, and shout uninhibitedly and melodically in a rich voice, “Bueno! Bueno! Bueno!”

Glynn and I would smile big, wave back to him and shout, “Bueno!”  

Answer to Prayer

After a couple of days, Holy Spirit gave me a revelation that this guard was on divine assignment to EXPRESS THE GOODNESS OF GOD to me in a light-filled, profound way.

This was God’s answer to my prayer!

Such a Delight

Each day thereafter, Glynn and I looked more forward to seeing our special guard. We would wave, lift our hands, and rejoice with him even more dramatically as we drove by. All three of us would shout in unison, as loud as we could, “Bueno! Bueno! Bueno! 

We loved our special guard God sent to us . . . to help us lighten up and simply rejoice in The Lord without burden or distraction.

Adiós Amigo

When it was time to go, we were sad to leave our new, wise friend.

Of all our memories from our beach vacation, this one (and a few more) remains close to our hearts.

Contemplating God’s beauty on our last day at the resort.

My Prayer for You

Praise be to God on high!

I pray God sends you your own special guard to watch over you, to safeguard you, to rejoice over you and with you, and to remind you of His light to the point of refreshing. Amen.

Scriptures

“The Lord is my revelation-light to guide me along the way;”  -Psalm 27:1 TPT

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”  -Psalm 34:8 NIV

“Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One!” -Philippians 4:4 TPT


Jesus is the door, the gate, the light, the true path. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Phil 4:4 NIV)

3 Replies to “The Goodness of God”

  1. Hi Margaret, Thank you so much for your enlightening and uplifting message. I too am seeking God’s Light, goodness and closer walk with him. This New Year I want to experience a newness with God like never before. You know how we get in a rut with daily family obligation: Wife, Mother, Grandmother. We’re raising two granddaughters, a sister and friend. I just feel like there is more to my life that I have not come upon yet. Just feeling anxious, worried and empty these days. Please pray for me and my family to be all God wants us to be. I know before I can really be here to help my family, I have to take care of myself. And, I have not done that in such a long time. Margaret, any insights you can help me with, I greatly appreciate. God’s wonderful Blessings upon you, your Husband and Family.
    Thank you,
    Beverly H.

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