Ever since I started going to church three years ago, I would always here my Pastor say this.

At first, I didn't really understand it. I came to Christ in a time when I was filled with anxiety and just desperate for help. I couldn't quite grasp the whole meaning of it. I knew the Bible told me God was good, it was all throughout Scripture but I feel like it was so hard to grasp when everything around me just seemed to be so bad. But here's the thing; almost three years later into my walk with Christ, I've come to realize just how true this is.

You see, I look back now to the hardest part of my life that ultimately brought me to Christ, and I see His goodness in every part. If I wouldn't have gone through that painful experience I would've never known Christ. For me, getting to know God is the greatest gift I have now. My strength, my hope, my everything is in Christ. Throughout every trial, throughout all the fear I faced, God was always there. He has promised to be until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). He has been so good to me and my heart is so grateful to be able to know Him and worship Him. And when I say "God is good all the time" I mean it and I believe it with my whole heart.

I've gone through some very hard seasons but one thing I know is God is always faithful. Everything he does, and I mean everything - the good, the bad, and everything in between - He works for our good (Romans 8:28). At the moment we might not understand, at the moment it might not feel good, but that doesn't mean that God isn't always good.

Genuinely I understand what it's like to hear these words and think "yeah but you have no idea what I'm going through, it's hard to see God's goodness in all of this," but let me tell you this I am certain God has a purpose for even this and that it's for your own good. There are so many things in my life that I still don't understand why they happened and I might or might not get the answers during this lifetime but I know one day I'll be able to know why.

There are things that I look back on before I even knew Christ, and now they make so much sense and I can't help but smile because He's been there all along. There have been painful seasons that have prepared me for battles to come or some that have brought me closer to God. I've gone through times where the only one I could trust on was God, and that strengthened me and grew my faith.

So dear reader, I don't know how you might've stumbled upon this little article, but one thing is for sure. God loves you and God is with you.

He is good, always. Trials and storms and tribulations will come but don't let that blur the fact that He is good. Instead of questioning why this is happening, it's time to turn it around and ask "what are You trying to teach me." Trust me, it was hard to make the switch myself. However, there is so much abundance in Christ and so much reassurance that even the worst things that have happened to us or will happen to us are for a reason and are for our good. It can be hard to see it but it is pure truth. I cling on to that truth and I hope that you do too.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging

Psalm 46:1-3