Is my life getting too good to be true?

I feel goodAs I sat at my computer, I noticed something was different with my body. At first I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I took a mental inventory from head to toe and suddenly it hit me.

I felt good.

Could this be real? I became suspicious, expectantly waiting for one of the ongoing physical issues that have summed up 2015 for me to manifest once again.

I felt like I could not catch a break earlier this year. Day after day, staring at the ceiling. It seemed as if as soon as the pressure sore healed up and I was able to be upright in my wheelchair once again, an onslaught of other issues barreled into my life, relentlessly beating me down.

While things are still far from perfect with my physical body, I have been feeling exponentially better over the past few weeks than I’ve felt all year. On particularly good days, I keep finding myself in the mindset above. Why am I having trouble believing it is okay to feel good?

The book of James says that every good and perfect gift is from God. Similarly, Jesus said, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him?” (Matthew 7:11)

I get so hesitant to believe that God may actually be in the business of pouring out good gifts. Instead of taking God at His word and trusting in His character as a good Father, I continually find myself skeptical and guarded; thinking, “This seems too good to be true.”

I’m experiencing physical healing in my body after a tough year. I’m engaged, with blessing after blessing being poured out on our wedding plans. I’m surrounded by great people. I’m having a blast hanging out with a dozen high school dudes. I’m about to graduate from the University of Cincinnati.

In addition, I cannot lose sight of how far God has brought me over the past six years since this night on the side of the highway:

That's me on the stretcher, oblivious to what had just occurred
That’s me on the stretcher, oblivious to what had just occurred

I’ve been overwhelmed with God’s goodness.

I want to fully believe God has good things in store for me. There will undoubtedly be tough days along the way, but I need to keep my eyes focused on the good. Ultimately, that God is good. And he wants to give good gifts.

So while I sit here still physically compromised, I will continue to be amazed at God’s goodness and hand in my life.

And the best is yet to come.

For more of my thoughts on the photo of me on the stretcher, check out this week’s video below (and other videos by clicking HERE):

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12 thoughts on “Is my life getting too good to be true?

    • Steve, Thanks for sharing that. Stephanie and I just prayed for your wife. Keep us updated.

      Are you familiar with this song?

      I had planned on incorporating it into this post but did not want it to be too video heavy. I’ve really enjoyed listening to this one lately.

  1. God has you, you are always encouraging everyone else to believe in Gods Gifts now it’s your turn!!! Such exciting stuff!!! God is great!

    • Judy, it’s definitely been a solid month so far. Looking forward to what’s ahead. Love the enthusiasm!

  2. Ryan I see The trinity in you!! Thank you,thank you for your faithfulness, it has blessed me over and over.. You and your family are an inspiration!!

    • Thanks Judy. Now that I’m done with class and back upright, I’ll get back to the weekly updates. Stephanie and I enjoyed putting the video together (she’s quite the editor!)

  3. Dear Ryan,

    You continue to be an encouragement to me and many others.
    What a joy to watch you grown up from elementary years until now.

    God will continue to work in and through you.

    God Bless,
    Mr. McCollum
    I Corinthians 10:31

    • Mr. McCollum,

      The youth soccer camps, third grade basketball practices, and seventh grade projects don’t seem that long ago. Thanks for being alongside the journey since day one.

  4. Ryan, watching the video, I was struck that your face is literally GLOWING with the light of Christ. Wow. I cannot express how your life and your witness has impacted me, personally – and beyond me, I have shared your story and your outlook and your faith with so many people…. the impact of your life is undoubtedly spreading across the globe. I truly believe it! In the day in which we live and the influence of media, your faithfulness to post your journey lends itself to that ripple effect of share after share after share… and of you and your testimony encouraging, inspiring, and yes, even bringing salvation to others!
    Thanks again for allowing us into your life. You are giving great glory to our Father, who IS good, and along with you and Stephanie, I believe THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!!! Eph. 3:20-21!
    I appreciate you, bro!

    • Sue,

      I always appreciate your encouragement. It’s definitely been cool to see how I can utilize social media and technology from my bedroom.

      Great to have you as a frequent commenter!

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