1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to be joyful always, pray continually, and to give thanks in all circumstances.
ALL circumstances. In everything, give thanks.
I have to be honest though, because while typing this post I’m crying. I am trying my best to be “thankful” in this circumstance that is our life now and it is HARD.
Because it just isn’t fair and I don’t understand.
What is there to be thankful about while my husband lives in chronic pain 24/7?
How can I feel thankful when he has days he doesn’t even get out of bed?
How about being thankful on the days he tells me that he is tired of living like this and just wants to give up?
This past Sunday my friend and I visited a local church and of course the sermon was about “being thankful”.
DUH. It’s THANKSGIVING.
But, as soon as he started preaching, his message wasn’t the typical “Write down everything you want to give thanks for this year”.
No, he presents a very different point of view.
“Instead of complaining about how messy your teenager’s room is, why not be THANKFUL that they are under your roof and not out on the streets.
Or, instead of complaining about how snug your clothes might be, why not be THANKFUL because that means you’ve had plenty to eat.
Instead of grumbling about your high electric bill, why not be THANKFUL because that means you were warm!”
Well. That was eye-opening and a bit convicting…ouch.
It made me think though, that after EVERYTHING that Job endured, his answer to the Lord was still, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2 NLT)
1 Chronicles 16:8-11(NLT) says, “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.”
Yes, God has a plan for all of this.
And, yes, this seems like it is taking FOREVER to get out of this valley and trial.
I want to make sure that I stay close to Him, stay in the Word because without my daily walk and personal relationship with the Lord, I will be a HOT MESS.
Sometimes I take a step back and remember WHO is in control, when life feels so out of MY control.
Can we take a moment and give thanks to the Lord for being patient and kind and loving?!
On the days that Terry’s disability just consumes every aspect of our time, I am thankful that he is still here and alive.
I am thankful for the days that, yes, he may just move from the bed to his recliner, but he GOT UP.
Despite his constant pain, he rarely complains or makes it known. Thankful.
He wants to maintain as much “normal” as possible for the four of us. I get to spend every single day with him, and, let’s be honest, we all know that tomorrow isn’t promised.
And we are ALL especially thankful that he hasn’t given up.
There is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS something to be thankful for.