God is good all the time, all the time………

Taking the train into D.C. with lots of things on my mind…primarily wondering what I will be doing a year from now and processing the path that has led me here.  Here are a few of the thoughts that I’ve been processing.

  • The other day, a friend (Jeff Cook) said, “Brother, God always shows up but he seldom comes early.”  My situation has been difficult, but not nearly as difficult as what many face.  Losing my job has given a greater level of understanding of the difficulty that some face as they wait on God for guidance or relief.  Jeff’s comment reminds of the verse that says, “I was young and now I am old but I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread.”
  • Along with waiting for guidance, I’m also learning new lessons about the difficulty and necessity of forgiveness.  Accepting forgiveness is the basis of my relationship with God, and practicing it shows that I am his son.  Emotionally, I’m having a hard time getting there.  My biggest struggle is with malice…wishing bad on those who have hurt me.  It seems to me that a first step in the process is not seeking revenge and beginning to pray for those who have wronged me.  I’ll let you know what the other steps are in my experience when I get to them.
  • The prayers of other are critical to people passing through a dark night or a deep valley.  Several people have reminded me recently that they are praying for my family.  I’m moved and comforted to know that people continue to stand by us in prayer.  My faith in terms of the future is often weak at best, but I am encouraged by the faith and confidence of others.  I compare it to being in a fog where I can’t see what lies ahead, but others, who are outside of the fog are interceding on my behalf, calling out dangers and seeing safe harbors that I can’t see on my own…and guiding me there with their prayers.

The train is pulling into Union Station so I’ll wrap up this post with a refrain often heard when my black brothers and sisters worship…

“God is good all the time.  All the time, God is good.”

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4 Responses to God is good all the time, all the time………

  1. Carl,

    Yes, we continue to pray for you. All the time.

    Indeed, it is hard to forgive those who are evil and also get away with it. Forgiveness takes a while depending on the depth of the offense. It’s a deep down forgiveness that needs to occur, not a surface one. It took me almost a year to not be walking around with blood boiling at the sight of those who have done evil unto our friends, including you, and to our own family. Justice will roll down. I pray they repent, while remembering that vengeance is the Lord’s.

    You are deeply loved and widely admired. The Lord will not leave you in a lurch.

  2. I’ve come back to this post repeatedly, wanting to comment but never knowing what to say. I still don’t know what to say, except that I am, have been, and will continue to pray for you, Dr. Ruby. I don’t want to project my own past situation onto you at all, because if for nothing else I think you have handled yours with more grace and wisdom than I did. …And whether you feel that way or not, it’s true.

    Three years ago I was fired from a youth ministry position at a very large church in central Ohio. I only worked there three years, and I’m still processing all that happened and just now becoming bold enough (or frustrated enough) to speak more openly about it.

    I’m grateful for the people who believed for me when I couldn’t: through that experience but also through my own freshman year at Cedarville. I didn’t know you personally then, and really don’t know, but I did end up going back and graduating, and I think your concern, care, and prayers for students were instrumental in that process.

    So, after three years I am beginning to have faith in my own future again, and just starting to dare to truly believe that God is still good. I have and will continue to believe this for you, and still pray for you. You are appreciated and loved.

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