The Goodness Bag

Goodness. I will never get anything different from God.

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Welcome to the Goodness Bag Blog

At the end of 2014 I was waiting for a  diagnosis following a biopsy, as I prayed with some friends one of them had a picture for me.The picture was of me putting my hand into a lucky dip,  and  that I was dreading what would come out. Would I get the booby prize? Would I get the plastic  toy that no one wants? The lucky dip was in a purple velvet bag and as I dipped my hand into it the Father said that “Everything I give to you is covered in my goodness.”

At Christmas one of those friends gave me the bag  pictured above; it was filled with slips of paper, on each one was printed “Goodness”. Every time I put my hand into the bag it was (and still is) always the same, Goodness. I will never get anything different from God.

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I carried the bag with me as I went for an unpleasant pre-op procedure, as I waited to be called in to the operating room, as I waited for results from lymph nodes, in fact, everywhere I went. When I felt anxious I would put my hand into the bag and take hold of the goodness of God for myself.

Of course I knew that God is love, I knew the Scriptures and the theology. But I actually needed to apply the truth to myself  and not just as an intellectual concept. It’s so easy to give mental assent to the truth but not actually to experience it or enjoy it. Having this bag has helped me to engage and trust in the goodness of God.

It didn’t mean that I didn’t have cancer, it didn’t mean that  I would not experience difficult times . I don’t want to minimise suffering, difficulties and pain because they are real and need to be acknowledged. What I do know is that no matter what my circumstances are, God is always good to me and always for me. His nature does not change. Even when I don’t understand why I am experiencing difficulty, I can hold onto the fact that He is always good. I will not get second best from God, He has already given His very best for me in sending Jesus to die for me. He will never leave me or forsake me. He loves me.The same is true for you.

Now that my treatment is over I no longer carry the bag with me all the time but it is on view in my room so that whenever I see it I am reminded of God’s goodness towards me. I am so thankful for this gift which helped me not only to live through that difficult time but it has lodged the truth in my heart and I live in the good of it every day.

 

I will be sharing more about what I have learned about God and what He has been saying to me in this blog. I hope you will join me as I dip into the Goodness Bag and share what He reveals.

 

 

17 thoughts on “The Goodness Bag”

  1. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I once learnt a song when at sunday school. It goes God is good to me. He holds me tight He helps me fight. God is good to me. God is good to me. God is good to me . He holds my hand. He helps me stand. God is good to me.
    I remember this when the going gets tough or I am in pain. God is faithful. He has promised to be with us always and comforts us by His Holy Spirit.
    God bless you richly for sharing .

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  2. All will suffer at some point in life and at some level, but only those who understand where their true comfort lies will know this kind of peace in the terrible storm. To know that truth and to hold on to it is key, otherwise what hope is there when fear stalks? Well done for sharing the contents of your lovely purple bag – I pray it connects deeply for everyone who needs hope.

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  3. So good how you allowed a difficult scary time to deepen you knowledge ANDexperienceof God. Thanks for sharing so eloquently!

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