GOD, goodness of
One of God's faithful missionaries, Allen Gardiner, experienced many physical
difficulties and hardships throughout his service to the Savior. Despite his troubles, he
said, "While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me." In 1851, at the
age of 57, he died of disease and starvation while serving on Picton Island at the
southern tip of South America. When his body was found, his diary lay nearby. It bore the
record of hunger, thirst, wounds, and loneliness. The last entry in his little book showed
the struggle of his shaking hand as he tried to write legibly. It read, "I am
overwhelmed with a sense of the goodness of God."
Often I have heard people say, "How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain
for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!'" Yes, God is good when He
sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to
death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was
very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart.
I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. "No, Corrie,"
said Betsie, "He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: 'For as the heavens are
high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.'"
Corrie concludes, "There is an ocean of God's love available--there is plenty for
everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love--whatever the
Corrie Ten Boom.