We had just made it back into town. She had driven her new car, with me as her passenger, the 3 1/2 hours from North Mississippi to Central Arkansas. And she had done so well. Drove the speed limit. Both hands on the wheel at 10 and 2. And I was so proud of her. And was happy that she was happy. And then….”How Great is our God” came on the radio. And we both started singing – every. last. lyric. Because we knew how true it was – and is – and always will be. Our God is great. All. the. time. As we pulled into the restaurant to grab dinner before heading home, I fought back tears as the song ended. And she wanted to know why I was sniffing; why tears were swelling up in my eyes. And all I could say was, “Because it’s so true. God is so good and we are so blessed.”
In a matter of 2-3 minutes during the course of a song, an overwhelming flood of thoughts penetrated my mind and my heart. My 16 year-old daughter who loves the Lord so much and shows no shame in praising Him in a new car or an old one – or anywhere. My husband who has shown me what Godly, unconditional love truly looks like. My mother who worked so hard as a single parent to provide for my sister and I. My son who has matured into such a fine, young man and who is making his own good way despite my often ‘young-and-dumb’ (as my mother would say) actions back in his childhood days. My aunt who has been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and her daughter/my cousin who is also battling the terrifying disease. And the prayers that I said for each of them throughout the weekend. And so many needs. In my own family. In my church family. And grace. God’s grace. In my life. And yours. And I just couldn’t help it. My heart was full of gratitude. And faith. That He will provide – because He always has. That He will heal – because I know that He can. And that He will save. Because He loves all of us just that much.
So there I was in yet another moment – and I’m so thankful. Because among the new car and all the other “stuff” that I might find myself surrounded by, there’s nothing or no one that can compare to how great my God is!