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It’s all Good!

I want to thank those of you who’ve sent encouraging words my way and especially thank all of you who’ve prayed for me these past couple of weeks as I’ve walked through an interesting time of testing. While in the waiting mode, waiting to hear, waiting to know what He has next in my journey with Him, He has tenderly kept my heart in perfect peace.

In the early morning hours, before I received the news . . . the Father faithfully reminded me of the passage my husband and I have adopted. We are praying for this Scripture to be true in this season of our lives:

[box]The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree; he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green, to declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. (Psalm 92:12–15)[/box]

To be fruitful and spiritually productive for the Father—until our last breath—that is our desire, that is how we want to be used in this final season of our lives. We don’t want any moments wasted.

Psalm 92 was the designated chapter for my daily reading in the Psalms and it was a precious gift to read those words of hope and promise just hours before receiving the call on the results of my pathology report. The sweet voice on the other end of the line said, “I have good news for you!”

Good news. 

Good news. Isn’t that what we all need? What the world is waiting for?

Good news. We have the good news, it isn’t a medical report or a prosperity message, but it is truly good news: He is risen and is victor over death, hell, and the grave!

“He is risen!” is the ultimate good news that trumps all other “good news” messages . . . 

“We found no cancerous or a-typical cells . . . you have some fibroid growths due to hormone changes in your body . . .” (reading between the lines, that means I’m officially in the “old lady” category now . . . I’ve moved to the “other side” of womanhood!) “You’ll need to return in six months for another mammogram, but right now everything looks good.”

Good news . . . and a heart-check.

If the news had been different, if it had been cancer, if it had been a life-threatening report . . . would I have reacted any differently? Would I have called it a bad report? Would my faith have been shaken?

I can’t say, because I haven’t walked that road yet, and I wonder . . . When that day comes, when I receive my next “bad report”—whether it be a family loss, a disappointment, a change of plans, a financial hit, or maybe a loved one’s death . . . where will my heart be? Will I still say, “It’s all good!” knowing that the Father has all things under His control?

Will I still walk by faith?

Will I trust that He is at work, and because He is a good and faithful God, will I still confidently profess that He is working all things out for my good and His glory?

My prayer is that I will as sincerely praise Him in the disappointments and storms of life as I do in every good report that comes my way. Because in reality, if we are walking in the providence of God, every report that comes our way can be viewed as:

It’s all good!

Are you facing a dark storm today? Walking through loss and heartache? Can you say with me, that because of His faithful character, on the authority of His unchanging Word, and in light of His sovereign purposes—it’s all good?

9 Comments

  • Debbie S

    Kimberly,
    I am thrilled for you that there is NO cancer. Yes, this is wonderful news!
    You put it all in perspective when you remind us that the ultimate good news is “He is risen.” Do you remember the song “Because He Lives”? Here are some of the words: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone…”
    Because of His resurrection we can face ANYTHING. We have a hope that “passes understanding.” That’s the only way I can face cancer. No fear!

  • Vivian Etherington

    Yes! YES!! The Sovereignty of God is such a wonderful doctrine. It is one of the things about God that most puts us at rest! So thankful for His grace in your life, giving you a strong faith because you know Him well. I have no doubt that you would respond with ” It’s all good” even with bad news because of your love for Christ, because His Word dwells in you richly (Col 3:16), because you have experienced God’s faithfulness in your life….
    Thankful for God’s grace in my life as well; for His teaching me the Truth of His Word and Who He is. So thankful for His goodness–He is always GOOD! Thankful for your example, Kim. To God be the glory, GREAT things He has done and is doing!!

  • Melissa Rogers

    Thanking the Lord there is no cancer! I went through the same thing with my mom (except in her lungs) a few years ago.) Blessed be the name of the Lord who gives and takes away!

  • Blessed!!

    I am so thankful that you have received this good news!! It has taken me a long time to understand the true meaning of “its all good”. That would mean that even the tough times in my life are good too right? In scripture The Lord states “For I know the plans that I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11. I have looked at this scripture in the past and thought to myself “well God’s got my back, so life is going to be good now that I am a believer”. I have learned since then that God definitely has my back, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that life will always be blowing me kisses. But that he will constantly be working to refine me, to make my faith stronger, and my love for others greater. In a recent situation in my life, I received the horrible news that I had been accused of something that I did not do. I initially focused all of my attention, and energies on this one problem, and now looking back the situation in my life was insignificant, but was a tool that The Lord used to do some cleansing in my life. His target was my spiritual walk, and my marriage, and he knew that he was going to have to do something radical for action to be taken. Kim thank you and Leroy for your obedience to the calling that The Lord has given you!! It is obvious that he is using the two of you to shake the nations. My family and I will continue to be in prayer for you.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Debbie, I love hearing your testimony of facing cancer with no fear! So many do not have your assurance because they don’t know the Author of Life. How I pray that others will be drawn to know and love Him as they watch you walk through this journey with Him.

    Because He lives . . . it’s all good!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Praising Him with you, Viv, for all He is doing! As I look back over the past decades and see all that He has done (for both of us), how can I not be amazed and at every point say, “It’s all good!” 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Melissa, good to hear from you!

    Yes, He gives and takes away and when He does, we can know that it’s all good 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you so much, it is such a blessing to know you all are praying for us! I’m thankful for your testimony and seeing how you’ve grown in your understanding of “It’s all good!” 🙂 It really is, isn’t it? When He is at work in our lives, we can trust that no matter what–His plans are good, even when we can’t understand or comprehend what He’s doing.

    We can trust Him because we know He is good and all He does is good.