I shivered in my seat and tried to flex my frozen toes as I listened to fellow students thank God for our situation. Who thanks God for broken-down buses in freezing weather? Did I mention we had no heat?
After several breakdowns on icy mountain roads and not knowing if we’d ever make it to our weekend retreat, I no longer found these college students’ prayers amusing. When someone spotted the seedy motel across from our stalled bus and suggested we spend the night, I added my silent prayer to their vocal ones.
“Don’t listen to these people! They’re crazy. Please, get us to the retreat.”
My bus ride to a spiritual retreat in Gatlinburg Tennessee introduced me to the concept of giving thanks in all things. I thanked God for things I liked, not for aggravations and disappointments. But these believers began each prayer with thanksgiving, even though they had to be as miserable as I was.
We finally made it to the retreat—long after the evening sessions and everyone was asleep. The weekend’s speakers and worship sessions were surprisingly good. Yet, today, I can’t name one song or sermon. But I’ve never forgotten the faith of the students on the bus.
I probably could have argued with their radical application of faith, but I couldn’t deny their relationship with God. They knew Jesus in a way I didn’t. Their faith in difficulty spoke louder than their songs and sermons.They knew Jesus in a way I didn’t. Their #faith in difficulty spoke louder than their songs and sermons. #RefreshingFaith, Click To Tweet
Following our trip, I learned I wasn’t the only student whose trajectory of faith changed on that broken school bus. If our bus ride had gone effortlessly, I doubt I’d even remember that weekend.
Today, I whole-heartedly thank God for a broken-down bus and students who trusted God before they saw how He’d use it for good. Now to follow their example. Remembering God’s faithfulness helps. I give thanks because I trust Jesus, not because I see how things will work out. I choose gratitude because God is always working to meet my deepest needs.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28 NLT).
Thank you for being a part of our lives and supporting our ministry with your prayers and financial gifts. May the Lord richly bless you this holiday season and always. And if Larry or I can serve you, Lighthouse Ministries is only a call away.I give thanks because I trust Jesus, not because I see how things will work out. I choose #gratitude because God is always working to meet my deepest needs. #RefreshingFaith Click To Tweet
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