I believe that I shall see the goodness of God in the land of the living.
-- Psalm 27:13
It seems like a conspiracy. It seems like the media moguls will do everything in their power to flood our minds and lives with what is bad in the world. It seems like the messages they portray are meant to lead us into a cavern of darkness and doom. There is no doubt that there are tragedies, disasters, and catastrophes happening every day across the globe. Evil has not yet been silenced. What is so dangerous, however, about being barraged with tales of it is that we find ourselves strangely attracted to it, even greedy for more. As we sit in front of the television filling our greed, the ratings go up, as does the net worth of the television stations. We become the pawns for increasing economics and in the mix we lose sight of the goodness all around us.
To view a muted orange moon hidden behind the faintest shadow of a cloud is to see goodness. To feel the warm touch of a gnarled and bent hand of an old woman is to experience goodness. To see a child gleefully falling into a pile of autumn leaves is to taste goodness. To witness the suffering of one human being on behalf of another is to be in the midst of goodness. Goodness is not pie-in-the-sky sentimentality. At one time the word itself was used instead of 'God' in exclamations. Goodness and God are closely linked. To see goodness in the world is to see the face of God. To see God is to dwell in the presence of goodness.
There is, and always will be, calamity in the world. But, with a little imagination and a dose of daring to get off the couch, we can turn off the television, and say to ourselves, "I believe that instead of watching the screen, I shall go out and see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
O God, goodness often lies silent and hidden like a diamond that has not yet been found. Help me search amidst the debris of life to find that diamond and show off its beauty.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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