How Daniel 3 Taught Me to Trust in God's Goodness
We all have things little or big, that we are hoping God will show up and do. Maybe that you’ll land a new job, reconnect with a friend, meet the man of your dreams, finally be able to start a family... He knows the desires of your heart.
Do me a favor and pause for a minute to think about what that is for you. Is there an area in your life that seems hopeless? Something you need God to show up for? Are you in a season of waiting?
For my family, we spent three years hoping that God would provide my mom with a kidney transplant. A week before my college graduation, my mom was rushed to the hospital. We almost lost her that night, and soon after, she was diagnosed with kidney disease. It was one of the scariest times of our lives. My mom spent three years waiting and hoping, all while being told that her chances were essentially one in a million. It was going to require a miracle. We desperately needed God to show up.
I remember a conversation my sister, Courtney, and I had when we’d gotten to a breaking point in the waiting period. I can still see myself sitting in my car, on the phone with her, both of us crying and saying that we knew God makes all things work for His good... but what good could possibly come from this? Our faith in Him had strengthened, our family had grown closer, it had been two years... we got the lesson, God, now it’s time for mom to get her kidney.
And then came the big question... what if she never did?
It was almost too impossible to think about.
Somewhere along the way, we rediscovered Daniel 3, specifically verse 18. “And if not, He is still good.”
If you don’t know this popular Bible story, go give it a read. I promise it is comforting, challenging and will soon become one of your favorites. In Daniel 3, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were sentenced to be thrown into a fiery furnace. Yet in that moment, they chose to trust in God’s goodness - to turn to faith rather than fear. They responded, “if the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue us from the power of you, the king. And even if he does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up” (Daniel 3:17-18).
In other words... this situation seems hopeless, and we pray God will save us. But even if He doesn’t, we will still be faithful.
Now, think again about what it is in your life that you’re hoping and praying God will show up and do.
Do you trust that He is good and able to grant that desire? That we have a God that can move mountains? And if He does not, do you trust that He is still good?
No matter how hopeless it seemed or how scared we were, my family embraced this verse with all we had. We prayed every day for a donor, but we also praised Him in the storm. We learned an important lesson during that season. God doesn’t promise to save us from the flames, but He has promised to be with us as we walk through the fire. We serve a God who is able to save - but donor or not, He is still so good.
The Daniel 3 Ampersand
My mom's season of waiting had a happy ending. On March 16, 2015, God came through with a miracle - a kidney that was a perfect match. Ever since, my (healthy + happy) momma, sister and I have worn the Daniel 3 ampersand on a PS46 small disc necklace. It’s there as a constant reminder that our God is able to deliver us from all things... AND if not, He is still good. No matter how hopeless a situation may seem, I will trust in Him and serve Him still.
You can shop this little gold ampersand necklace here for your own every day reminder of our Father’s goodness.