Being thankful seems like a hard place to be when life happens. How can you be thankful when the town sewer backs up in your house or you have an unexpected flood in the basement four feet high? Or possibly your retirement investments disappeared because of erratic stock markets and crashes. Leaving you embarrassed, fearful and wondering what just happened to your life. Perhaps a death or prolong illness would steel your joy and thankfulness away.
Many times I have listened as people share a heavy burden they carry and admired how they survive the storms of life with thankful hearts and a smile. They press on with a confident determination, always seeing a brighter future and moving forward.
There have been many times in my life when I have been heartbroken, disappointed, and depressed by devastating life lessons that are hard to understand.
I still remember as if it was yesterday, the day I left on a two-day speaking trip, when our lives were in shambles. I had accepted the engagement months in advance so canceling was not a choice. I was heartbroken. I was not sure if I could pull myself together for this event. How could I tell women about God’s great love for them when I wasn’t even sure that He loved me? I felt abandoned and confused. Driving down the highway, I was sobbing, begging the Lord to help me. I felt I didn’t have anything to give these women.
I pulled to the side of the road, still weeping, and noticed the car radio had been on. At that moment I heard Charles Stanley say, “The sovereignty of God is the pillow we lay our head upon.” I knew that those words were for me. God had reminded me that no matter what happened, He was in control and I could trust Him for this journey, wherever it led us. As I pulled back onto the road, I was filled with a new confidence that God was with me, and I felt secure that His plans are bigger, wider, and higher than I could ever imagine or hope for. For the first time in so long, I felt these life-sustaining truths in my broken heart.
I am so thankful that I have those flash points in my life to remember God is always and continues to be faithful to his promises. I may get upset, angry, emotional and worry momentarily, but when I stand still and look up I know that God is always with me, and continues to loves me.
God may delay our requests, but he will never disappoint our trust.
Yes, I can be thankful, I know I am never alone He walks beside me.
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