THANKSGIVINGApril 23, 2017
Life is full of ups and downs, it comes with the territory. And sometimes, these problems seem really difficult to surmount. We all can relate.
And I personally, have come to accept that we cannot run from these things. They would show and rear their ugly heads. But that is not the time to feel beaten down. That is the time to show faith and rise above our problems.
But come on, we are humans. We know how it is. It is not easy to smile and belief through pain. Some are easier than some though. But most times, we just want to lash out, we want to muse on it and worry about it.
Someone said in a movie I saw that, “worry is like a rocking chair, it keeps you busy but takes you nowhere.”
I mean, when we think about it, it is true.
And apart from that, worrying steals our joy and makes us sad. You know, it is normal that when we face difficulties, we cannot see the good things in our life but they are there and worrying keeps us blinded from it.
If you saw the movie, “Miracles from Heaven,” towards the end of the movie after the daughter was healed, the mother was recounting all the miracles they experienced all through the journey.
I figured it out during the course of the movie how the airport attendant at sales helped them out, how a stranger from a restaurant agreed to take them on tour round the city and many more.
I do acknowledge that it was probably easier for me to note because I was not in the picture. We usually get a clearer perspective of issues when we are looking from outside.
But the point I am trying to make is even in the worst of situations, there is always something to be full of thanksgiving for, there are little miracles happening within that period we might not be able to see if we concentrate instead on the problem.
The Bible knew what it was saying when it said we should to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil 4:4), “rejoice always” (1 Thess. 5:16) and “in everything give thanks” (1 Thess. 5:18).
All these admonitions might not be easy to relate to till we understand that there are reasons for to be joyful, to rejoice and be thankful every day of our lives.
The Bible further crowned it up by saying, “be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil 4:16).
We might think that we would have it figured out by worrying, but remain thankful in prayers to God and you would see the lines falling together in pleasant places (Psalm 16:6).