Grateful and Thankful
My toddler likes to throw fits for many reasons, but especially when she doesn’t get her way. One particular meltdown was because I told her she couldn’t have a baby doll we saw at the store. Not understanding why we couldn’t just take it home with us, I explained to her that she already had a few dolls and doesn’t need another one. Then I told her the five words I was quite used to saying; “Remember, we are grateful and thankful.”
As I said these words it hit me hard. I was trying to instill gratefulness and thankfulness into my daughter, but I was not living out what I was preaching in my walk with the Lord.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I know that when I am at my highest highs I am sure to thank God for all the blessings he has given me. What I’m not so sure about is thanking him in my lowest lows. It doesn’t come naturally to me to be thankful when the situation looks grim.
We need to give thanks in ALL circumstance because even if it seems like we are walking through the valley, God is walking right beside us because he still has a plan. When we stop thanking him even through the trying times we begin to lose sight of the future he has set for us.
It’s not easy to find the positive in the negative, but that’s exactly what God calls us to do. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, and even the simple things can be praised. You can thank God for his steadfast love (Psalm 136:1), his wonderful plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11), his sovereignty (Colossians 1:17), allowing his Son to die for your sins (John 3:16), or God’s unwavering faithfulness (Deuteronomy 7:9).
God doesn’t promise us an easy life, but he promises us he will never leave our side through it all. Not once in the Bible does it say he will shield us from all that is bad, but it says many times that he will cover us with love, grace, discernment, and faithfulness. And to me, that sure is a lot to be thankful for.