A Good Day

-Written by Stan-

Many times in my life I’ve been confused about what is good and what is bad.  Things that seemed to be bad turned out to be good and things that seemed to be good turned out to be bad.  This struggle to discern what is best is as old as the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve ate fruit from a tree named “the knowledge of good and evil” (Gen. 2:17).  They mistakenly believed that not eating the fruit would be a bad thing but that eating it would be good.  “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” (Isa. 5:20). Ever since that day, we children of Adam have struggled to discern the difference between good and evil.

Most of what has happened in our lives during the past three months has seemed to be bad, very bad.

Who would dare to deny that a stroke, paralysis, pain and suffering are anything but bad?  And yet, never in our lives have we been more blessed with the goodness of God and indeed the goodness of life itself!  Though malevolent forces in spiritual places may have meant all this for evil, God meant it for good (see Gen. 50:20).

You would think that at 62 years of age, I would have learned by now to discern the difference between good and evil, but honestly, I still often get confused.  “Lord, was that bad thing that just happened really a good thing? Was that good thing really a bad thing?”  I keep praying that I will one day reach that level of spiritual maturity where my powers of discernment will be sufficiently trained so that I can “distinguish good from evil” (Heb. 5:14).

Today was a good day!  Yes, I realize that I’m capable of being wrong about what seemed so right about the past 24-hours.  Over the past three months I’ve been wrong on numerous occasions. So, I guess I’m a bit gun shy and hesitant to categorically call today a “good” day.  But regardless of how I analyze things, I can only come up with one conclusion: today was just a good, good day.

For one thing, spring is bursting out all over!  Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, trees are budding, the sun is shining and the grass is turning a vibrant shade of green.  Sitting with Katy on the back patio and just breathing deeply is an exhilarating experience!  The darkness of Good (!) Friday is passing and the reality of Easter is dawning.  Oh, that’s good.

Last night, I wheeled Katy across the street to see her dad for the first time in three months.  He too has been struggling with health issues and at age 93 we thank God for each day he is alive.  As they embraced from their two respective wheel chairs, it was a moment of holy pleasure and joy.  Oh, that’s good.

Papa

A dear friend who pastors a vibrant church in Virginia drove to Wilmore to visit us and this morning made a pastoral call on Katy.  We met Pastor Troy and his dear congregation through a camp experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains where I preached for the past two summers.  Our hearts were warmed and we were blessed.  Oh, that’s good.

Troy Keaton

This afternoon, Anna and I loaded Katy in the car and drove to Lexington to visit the neurosurgeon who had performed her craniotomy.  Looking at the incision he said, “Let’s take out those 40 staples.  Things look great.”  Yippee!  This means Katy can wash her beautiful red hair and begin to feel like a woman again.  Oh, that’s good.

Stitches removed

Driving home Katy was specific: “I want fried chicken for dinner!”  As we sat at the table tonight eating chicken, we told silly stories that made Katy laugh so hard she almost slid out of her wheel chair.  Oh, that’s good.

Yes, it’s been a good day!  We know that many challenges remain and there are still battles to fight, but when a day like today comes along, you just want to lean back in your chair and take a deep breath and smile.  Thank you, Lord, for a very good day.  And Lord, regardless of what tomorrow holds, we know that for those who love you, “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to (your) purpose” (Rom. 8:28).

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50 thoughts on “A Good Day

  1. So good to see Katy in pictures? I would agree with you that today was a good day. Doing normal things and getting good report from Doctor! I continue to pray for all of you. Love to you all.❤️🙏

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  2. Thank you, Stan, for sharing such deep and meaningful words and for those precious photos!! God Bless you, dear Katy..what an inspiration you are…may your road to recovery be swifter than you could ever imagine! Eph3:20-21
    Love in Christ, Rena Doran

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  3. Stan,
    A trustworthy saying,

    ‘God is good all the time,
    All the time God is good.’

    Now you can say this with some enthusiasm.
    Glad to hear Katy’s progress.

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  4. Well, first of all, that’s the third time in 4 days that God has brought Genesis 50:20 to my attention! I think I’m beginning to realize that what might have seemed to be an evil event in our lives is being turned into something good by God’s grace. I, too, remember thinking one day a few months ago that we had had a genuinely good day and I remember being almost surprised that it could have happened! There have been more good days since then and they are happening more often; I pray the same for you!

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  5. Christians have a unique perspective on “good” and “bad”. Keep looking to Jesus. I’m still praying for complete healing.

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  6. You know what’s good? Smiling so wide as I read this post with pure joy, then breaking into a giggle as you described the laughter and poor Katy almost slipping off…laughter is great medicine. But please catch her if she slips. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your great!! day with us!

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  7. Very well said, Stan! Your beautiful words and report had me both smiling and tearing up. I was encouraged to see the wonderful pictures and smiling faces. God is indeed very good!

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  8. One way the Lord has turned bad to good is inspiring you to write your most helpful blogs. Today’s is a great example of blessing all of us. Thank you.

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  9. Praising God with you for a good day; He truly works all things together for good! Thank you for this, it is beautifully written. And it’s lovely to see pictures of all of you. Katy looks wonderful! You are all continually in our thoughts and prayers. William sends his love.

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  10. Your post brought tears to my eyes today, mostly the joy of seeing Katy’s beautiful smiling face! 🙂 Thank you, Key family, for sharing your lives with us, for modeling the humility of vulnerability, and for helping us all to grow through your example. Praying for you all, and lots of love. ❤
    Joe and Lois

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  11. This message brought me tears of joy. I am reminded why I love my pastor when I read this. Honesty always comes to mind. I think of children, when I think of honesty. Our Daddy(Abba) knows we don’t have all the answers but I believe Him when he trust says “trust me” and “fear not” all throughout the bible. He is our great healer as well. Daddy loves us!

    In His mighty name,

    The Watsons

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  12. Yes, yippee! So good to see the smiles, hear the joy in laughter, and share in the miracles 😄 You’re a good good Father, it’s who you are. We are blessed to see and hear the goodness of yesterday. Katy, so sweet to see your smiles and your beautiful red hair, and know you enjoyed the simple pleasure of eating fried chicken 👍 Thankful you and your dad got to visit…simple but profound blessings. Love you!

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  13. Stan, thank you so much for sharing. Great to see the pictures of Katy and also her dad. Prayers continue for both of these precious saints of God and for you as well. Grateful for the good reports and way Jesus is working in your lives. Prayers for continued healing. I remember the first time I was able to have my hair washed after my accident. Katy, we love you and thank Jesus for your life and how you glorify Jesus.

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  14. “What a privilege. What a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms. …I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on those everlasting arms.” Absolutely thrilled to read and know how God is upholding you, carrying you, refreshing you, blessing you, even in these circumstances, as it reassures me that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God…not trouble, nor hardship, NOTHING. “How wide, how deep, …is the Savior’s love for me” Thank-you all for trusting in His goodness in such a way that it reaffirms for us, the undeniable power of our Heavenly Father.

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  15. Dear Katy and Stan,

    Thank you, once again for your beautiful testimony and standing firm in the faith in Jesus Christ. We love you and thank you for all you have meant to us over the years!

    Love, John and Sue Richter

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  16. I can only respond with tears of joy, and gratitude to our gracious Lord — no words seem adequate, overflowing with love for our Savior and for you, Katy, and Stan. I love you. Ruth

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  17. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this and all of you!! Prayers from Walter Road and I will sit back breath deep today and, too, be reminded that it is a very good day!!! Love you all with all my heart and miss you sos!

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  18. Thank you Stan for sharing this! Reading about yours and Katy’s good day just gave all of us a good day!!! Seeing Katy smile broadly just brought on the greatest glee and thanksgiving ever! Seeing evidence of God’s hand on you all strengthens our faith. With all you are enduring these past three months, thank you for making the time to share your journey and your hearts. May the Lord bless you all with many, many good days ahead as Katy recovers!

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  19. You are all such a blessing, even now in these times that are so trying. I appreciate the difficulty in discerning “good” from “bad”, just knowing that ultimately, both the distinction and the outcome are solely up to our Father. Katy, your courage is like rain in a parched land. You are all in my prayers.

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  20. I cried when reading this post. It is often in the little evidences of God’s goodness and faithfulness that we “see the goodness of God in the land of the living”. Nearly every day I have to deliberately be thankful for what is and not succumb to sadness about what isn’t. Thank you for sharing this and adding the photos. Praying that God continues to redeem and restore you all in body and spirit.

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  21. I am so happy to hear about your good, good day. I continue to pray for complete healing and wholeness. Praying for strength and patience with the process. Yes, God is good all the time! Love you both so much!

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  22. Dear Stan & Katy, What a thrilling report of GOOD stuff!  I chuckled and teared as I read it.  Katy, I’m a true Kentucky Girl who loves that fried chicken, too.  I was most moved by the picture of Katy and Uncle Dennis.  We have talked on more than one occasion about how painful all this has been for him as he had to observe from a distance and couldn’t embrace his precious daughter.  We three can’t tell you how challenged, blessed and encouraged we have been these months that you have allowed us to (by way of written word) walk this arduous journey with you.  Thank you!  We greatly appreciate that you have kept everyone so well informed and also allowed yourselves to be so sweetly transparent. (Anna, too)   Stan, your humor/wit is so much fun.  What a gift. God’s richest blessing your way as you press on.

    Sending our love, Jean Rollings,  Vern & Bevan 

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  23. You all continue to inspire our hearts and minds each and every time you send us an update. Prayers are rolling from the Lucianos to your house. We love and miss you. Paul & Bernadette

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  24. Thank you for sharing. I loved seeing Katy and her smile. May God continue to heal and strengthen you. Pastor Stan, thank you for your words that remind us that God works all things for our good even if they are hard. Love to you all! I’m so glad Katy was able to see her dad. What a precious gift.

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  25. Oh, that’s good! Thanks for sharing that with us, Stan. “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118 : 24 (KJV)

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  26. Joy, unspeakable joy… filled with joy while reading this update and seeing the pictures!! Thanks for sharing Stan!! It is evident that God’s presence and His strength is with you all!! I loved seeing Katy’s smile and how her eyes just lite up her face makes us all smile!! Hearing that you can sit together on the patio and see the signs of spring and also hearing that Katy could be brought outside and across the street to visit her father … such blessings! Praising God for the good days and times together amongst the challenges.

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  27. This post made me smile…many smiles. So many gifts…so many answered prayers. So much gratitude in my little heart today.

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  28. We are so thankful for the moments that bring pure joy, we see that in the pictures you posted. I think that in the valleys you find those moments that give you strength which come from HIM, all that is important is realized a fresh. Therforth pure joy is once again blooming. We love you all and count each moment a blessing.

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  29. Stan, your insights are so refreshing and right on target as always! Thank you! Our prayers remain with all of you, especially Katy. It’s good to see her in the pictures. She is living life the best she can in her hew circumstances. You are so correct when you choose to look at things as “good.” You are appreciating what is good. I am reflecting on my day and realizing how blessed I am and feeling a bit guilty for complaining. God bless all of you!

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  30. Thank you so much for sharing both your heart and the fun stuff. It’s great to hear about Katy laughing so hard and all of you having fun together!

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  31. I am finishing the book,” 90 Minutes in Heaven,” It has been such an encouragement to me! And Don Piper REALLY understands what suffering is. Many have read this books his accident was in ’89; however, it was new to me. What a powerful testimony of the goodness of God in the MIDST of suffering. You too, are a testimony to that! Love, hugs and prayers are being sent your way, Katy, Stan and your precious girls. ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you God our Father for good days. Thank you, Stanley, for sharing God’s goodness with us all. We continue to pray for complete healing. In God’s Grip, Theresa Flanders, Dublin FUMC

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  32. Yes indeed it was a good day, every challenge is for season, I feel proud of you both, the smile on those two faces always broad, which tells me while you might have been wrong and came through all of that you definitely felt deep joy, your delight in the lord has been my own great lesson that learnt in all these. Having to see a picture of papa because Katy is able to go over to see him. More interesting Katy looks more beautiful in her picture. May the hopeful reassurance of Easter be yours

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