As humans, more often than not we find it easy to ONLY be grateful when things are great in our lives, in the lives of those we value and the things connected to it. I will be the first to admit that sometimes I struggle with gratitude when things aren’t going great in my life and in the lives of the people who are dear to me. And I suspect I am not alone in this. We have all encountered these tricky situations. The funny thing is that when it’s someone else going through a difficult moment, we are always there encouraging and comforting them with The Word of God. But when it comes to us, we sometimes forget The Word of God, which is the Sword of the Spirit where we need to be anchored.
The past few days I had my hopes up for a job opportunity. I had already envisioned myself in my new position as everything seemed so sure. On the fateful day this was to happen, the person who was to pick me up switched off both of his lines. I kept calling, I texted and finally left him a voice message. Up to this moment he hasn’t responded to any. I won’t lie that it didn’t hurt, it sure did! I asked myself so many questions, whose answers only God will reveal in His timing.
But the highlight of my day, which came few minutes before midnight came from one of my friends.I had previously shared with him. He felt sorry for me. Most importantly, he said something that lifted my spirit. Here’s what he said:
” Oh that’s really bad! But all in all we still trust in Jesus and we surrender to Him even that bad experience you had today.”
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us not to be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Though we might struggle with finding a reason to thank God in difficult times, let’s strive to be grateful to Him. Thank Him for the good and the bad experiences too. We might not know the reason why He is allowing it, but He knows best!
Thank You God for today’s experience. Thank You in a special way because even if I don’t understand why, it has inched me closer to You. And that is the place I always want to be. I thank You, I praise You and Jesus I trust in You. Amen.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18