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Hardship, fear, tragedy, and death. These are things that I, like most people, have tried to avoid throughout my life. And like most people, I have come to see that God’s plans are very different. No matter how perfect of a life you try to make for yourself you cannot escape the even better plan of God, and sometimes this means walking through fire or weathering a severe storm.
I grew up in Germany, in a wonderfully loving, Christian family. My dad was a pastor there, and for a few years, we were missionaries in West Africa. He was a hero in my eyes. He seemed fearless, thrived on adventure, loved his family, and he was bold in his faith and loved Jesus more than anything else.
Hardship, fear, tragedy and death. These came crashing into my life at the age of 17, when my dad passed away. A week later I sat dazed, broken hearted and lonely in my dorm room at college 6,000 miles away from everything I knew and everyone I loved.
And God was still good!
“Even in affliction God is good, and does good. God is essential goodness in himself, and in every attribute of his nature he is good in the fullest sense of the term; indeed, he has a monopoly of goodness, for there is none good but one, that is God. His acts are according to his nature: from a pure source flow pure streams.”