Did you know that the Bible says it is wise to give thanks?
So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord wants… Always thank God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephes. 5:17, 20 GW).
I pulled my husband into a jewelry store to look—for fun. When we left, I said, “Did you notice how the jewels sparkled in the showcases? The dark backdrop and lighting set off their splendor.”
Grace is like that. Sometimes it needs the right backdrop before we appreciate its brilliance.
We may overlook the sunshine or take it for granted, if we haven’t endured a cold rainy season. We can also under-appreciate the joys of life if we haven’t walked through sadness and disappointment.
The reminder to “always thank God for everything” means both the pleasant and unpleasant play a role in God’s plan for our lives.
I’ve battled health issues related to being exposed to mold four years ago. Usually cooler weather brings relief. Our warm October left me afraid I’d never have energy for anything again. One week I hit a deep low. Every time someone asked how I was, hopelessness edged my voice.
Several friends prayed for me that week. Friday afternoon, I felt the heavy cloud of despair lift. I shot off three queries to publishers. I finished preparing for an upcoming retreat. A sense of God’s presence replaced the previous sense of abandonment.
Thank You, Lord!
God showed His favor in special ways the following days. Two publishers asked for my proposal. God worked in the hearts of many women at the retreat. My daughter and I took a short trip to Boston.
A snafu in our accommodations resulted in an upgrade in our apartment size and location, and a free dinner! Across from our boarding gate to fly home sat my daughter’s favorite seafood restaurant. It was lunch time, and we had time for a pleasant lunch between tables of friendly Bostonians.
One of my favorite Bible teachers, Jill Briscoe, and Elizabeth Murphy came to share their ministry “Just Between Us” with my Bible study and friends. God filled us to overflowing.
A publisher offered me a contract on my new book.
My son and I visited my sister’s family in Georgia and participated in their ministry on university campuses. We had some great conversations with students, and my son had a woman pray to receive Christ with him.
All this happened in a brief space of time after months of not seeing God answer prayers.God calls us to walk by faith, not by sight. #GiveThanks, #Faith Click To Tweet
I was reminded that because I don’t see God working doesn’t mean He isn’t working. God knew the good things He had planned for me even when I felt forgotten.
Faith, not happy feelings, pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). He rewards our prayers even if they aren’t answered the way we imagined or in the time we hoped. Let’s be wise and walk by faith by thanking Him in whatever circumstance we find ourselves.
Larry and I thank God for you.