So we know we should, and can, take our concerns to God. But this is supposed to be a dialogue, remember? And it’s not just about being quiet and waiting for God to speak to us or to guide our minds. Do you want to spend an hour with someone who does nothing but complain about all that’s wrong in their lives? Neither does God.
After, or even before, we lay our tale of woe at God’s feet, we should remember that we have much to thank God for. If you turn on the news, you can quickly see that we have it better than most people in the world, even on our worst days. Which doesn’t diminish our pain when our child is hurt, our husband is dying, or we’ve lost our job. But there are always things to be thankful for.
Yes, our child is hurt, but thank God we live in an area of the country with excellent doctors and hospitals. Yes, our spouse may be dying, but we’ve had a good long life together and made many wonderful memories together – memories we can always cherish. Thank God for all those good times together. Yes, losing a job is traumatic and ego-crushing. But thank God that you have friends and family who will support you as you search for another position. And thank God you have a good education and skills that will allow you to find another job.
Thank God for giving us His Son to die on the cross for us, even when we didn’t deserve it. Thank God for the beautiful world He has given us – with its ever changing seasons and weather. Thank God for the fact that we live in a country where we’re allowed to openly and freely worship God. Thank God for the early settlers who built the church we worship in. Thank God for those early ministers who tended the church and helped it grow into the church we have today.
Thank God for the first responders who came when we dial three little numbers on our phones. Thank God for the men and women willing to put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe – both here and abroad.
Thank God that you have a home – maybe not the biggest on the block, but you aren’t sleeping on the streets. Thank God you have a car – maybe not the fanciest model, but you don’t walk everywhere you want to go.
There are so many blessings in our lives – the number is countless. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, spouses, parents, grandparents, friends, loyal pets, a job, a home, clothing, food to eat every day …… the list is truly endless. And all of that comes from God’s never ending bounty. A mere “foretaste of the feast to come”.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You have blessed me in so many ways that I do not deserve. I can never do enough to deserve your Grace, your Peace, your Bounty. When I am feeling sorry for myself, help me remember how many good things I have in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Thanks to Sylvia P. Greeson for sharing this devotion.