One of the biggest things I am learning right now is the sheer peace and joy in being thankful and sharing gratitude. Take right now, at this very instant – for example. Many people asked how I am coping right now, especially with the unknown. It isn’t all easy, but nor is it at any point I cannot comprehend how to deal with.
The one thing that is keeping me going day after day (and not just in this situation) is a thought I shared with a friend recently. I said I was praising God. The response jokingly questioned my sanity – wondering how it was I could possibly praise Him at a time like this. What better time!? It means the world that God is giving me people who can understand, care and surround me in prayer. I do not want to walk through any part of life, this included – good or bad, alone. I am praising God right now not FOR the situation and uncertainty I find myself in, but DURING it. God is holding me in a way not otherwise possible. For that, I am – and will remain – grateful.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (New Living Translation) so aptly states, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Let’s break that down. Does God’s word here tell us to be thankful when it looks bright and sunny outside? Does He tell us to be grateful when all is right in the world? Yes! But, not ONLY at that time. Give thanks IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. This scripture really breathed life right into my faith. Whether you are walking through some of the brightest days of your life, or whether you find yourself at some of the darkest moments you’ve ever known – this scripture is for you. Give thanks. Period. No matter what you are facing, give thanks!
When you take the time to give thanks (and I know sometimes this really requires a conscious decision) your entire attitude will transform accordingly. It never ceases to amaze me how very faithful God is in the midst of our circumstances. In all things, give Him thanks!