here’s what I know. God knew the mess we were about to make of His good world when we decided to try our own hand at making right & wrong decisions without Him. And even while we were turning our backs on Him, He was moving to bring about our rescue! He came & entered His now sin-stained world, walked in the middle of the mess, endured the tragic consequences that we made of the place, not for Himself! He took those horrible tragedies to the cross, where they were defeated and where He busted thru even death itself! Why? why in the world would He do that? Again, it certainly wasn’t for Himself - He had been living in a state of perfect unity & community in the heavenly realm prior to His entrance on earth. So, definitely NOT for Himself...but for US! Out of His self-sacrificing, self-giving love (cus that’s what real love is) He left His throne & all its glory to do for us what we were helpless to do for ourselves. He came and won the battle against Evil. It’s been defeated. And will one day be done away with for good! in the meantime...know that there is a Name that is above all names, and He is the one who is working ALL things together for good for those who love Him. You haven’t been abandoned. He sees every big & little thing you’re walking thru, He’s there with you. And while our limited perspective looks at our circumstances and says, “the only way this situation could possibly end in a way that I think is good is if...” (fill in the blank). But, dear friends, it’s in that moment when we’ve yet again (think Adam & Eve), decided that WE know what’s good and what’s not! my encouragement - remember there is One who sees it ALL, He sees way more than our limited perspective ever will, His thoughts are not ours, His Ways are so much higher, and He is the One who is with you, leading you, navigating you thru the tough terrain that seemingly makes no sense to the human eye. He’s there and tells you to abide in Him. Don’t wander away, draw nearer - He really is for you. The tragic yet beautiful act displayed on the cross is proof! Gotta trust someone — your imperfect self? Or the flawless, perfect One who’d rather die than live without you! back to the opening sentence (and this Sunday’s big idea): “God cares for you.” It’s truer than you can imagine❤️ WHATEVER ur walking thru this week, there is One who is near & dear, He is good and He IS working to set all things right and make all things new...because He loves you that much!