On a beautiful autumn afternoon, my husband left the office earlier than usual, picked up our youngest grandson from our daughter's house, then came by our house and picked me up. He thought that this sunny day, tucked in the middle of a rain filled week, was too good to waste being indoors. He took us to a nearby park where my grandson enjoyed playing on the playground and throwing rocks into the river. It was lovely.
If you looked at that one little snippet in my husband's life, you might label him good and kind. But when our two year old grandson proceeded to walk into the river, shoes and all, and my husband scolded him, perhaps if you had caught him only in that moment you might label him harsh or stern.
God is always good and always kind and does good. Unlike us fallible humans, there is not one iota of darkness or sin in God's character. In all that He does God's motives are pure and good. Yet, when God sets up boundaries or tells us "don't go there", like Adam and Eve, we too often assume that God is withholding something good from us. (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, October 23rd, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)
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