As my collection of posts on Thanksgiving draws to a close this week, I am asking myself the question--
Am I thankful for the good and the bad--why even the ugly?
This slapped me right between the eyes---and has almost lead to brain freeze. How easy thankfulness rolls off my tongue when it comes to the good.
Three Wonderful Children---Thank You, Lord!
Six Precious Grandchildren---Thank You, Lord!
A Wonderful Extended Family---Thank You, Lord!
More Sweet Friends Than I Can Count---Thank You, Lord!
A Lovely Bungalow--Food On My Table--Clothes On My Back---
Thank You, Lord!
Good Health---Thank You, Lord!
JESUS---Thank You, Lord!
And this is only the beginning of the list of all the good I am thankful for. Countless times in a day--I lift a small prayer of thanks for all the blessings of life. It rolls off my tongue with ease--and has become an automatic response.
The question then is
Am I thankful for the bad--why even the ugly?
When bad things happen--how can I be thankful? It sometimes seems as if others lead a charmed life---with nothing bad ever happening. My distorted vision notices all the good in the lives of others and applies blinders to seeing the bad. The truth is---if you live long enough--and get your head out of the sand---there will be bad things---sometimes perhaps even ugly things which occur. And then the question begs to be answered---how can I be thankful for this?
This is when faith comes to play. Faith in what our Great God has given us--faith in Who He is--Faith in His promises. When children die--when disasters occur--when families are torn apart--when we see abuse--when we experience loss--when our pain is beyond our ability to bear--when illness becomes our life--when we are handicapped by any form of disability---when the world seems to be filled with evil---when any of life's unbearables occur---how can we be thankful?
By remembering who God is---what He has promised---clinging to the hope found in Him---trusting Him---acknowledging His great love for us--holding on for all you are worth---and knowing---trusting--hoping--believing---all things work for good for those that love the Lord. THEN--oh yes--then---we can be thankful for it all---because HE WILL BE GLORIFIED in the good, the bad, and even the ugly---and HE IS GOD!
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I Thessolians 5:18