Many years ago, my wife and I were on our summer holiday. At church on Sunday morning, we met a friend whom we had known as a student. He was a bachelor, and we took him to lunch. As we talked, he confided in us that he had recently been diagnosed with a serious cancer. Before we parted, he told us that he had already made some tentative plans for the future. "If God is good," he began, "I may be able to retire early, and live not far from here." Unfortunately, he had to hurry away. All I had time to say to him as he left was, "Do remember that Romans 8:28 will always be true." Afterward, the phrase which kept repeating in my mind was, "If God is good." Four words, of which the first is the most significant.