It was early Saturday morning.  Thunder was rolling in the background, it did not feel like a good time for an appointment – yet I had one scheduled.

It was another doctor’s appointment.  One I didn’t dread because it was supposed to be easy – just a check up and change a few things.  Things didn’t turn out the way I thought they would.

Silently, I walked to my vehicle and laid my head on my steering wheel and had a meltdown.   I had been fighting this medical battle for weeks now and I was weary.  I was ready for some good news.

I finally pulled out of the parking lot and started home.  On the way, I received a call and had to pull over.  I had one more melt down and started home again.

I get quiet when I am trying to pull myself together – I know the power of words and I purpose in my heart to be quiet until I hear from God.  This day it took HOURS and I MEAN HOURS.

I was lying quietly on my bed when I heard these all-to-familiar words…. “In everything give thanks for it is the will of God concerning you.” (1 Thess. 5:18)

God is near the broken hearted, I know this to be true.  I also know God expects even the broken hearted to remain thankful in everything – not FOR everything, but in everything – it’s His will for us.

As I lay there, I began to make my thankful list in my head.

  1. I am so very thankful that I have true friends who I know are praying for me right now.
  2. I am so very thankful for my daughter who has stood by me the whole time, doing all she can to help.
  3. I am so very thankful for my sister, Keva, who, when she could do nothing else, spoke the word of God to me and over me as she drove me to the hospital.
  4. I am thankful that the word of God is the ONLY truth, and that truth will prevail.
  5. I am thankful for Jesus who paid a heavy price for my healing.
  6. I am thankful for my family who loves me and encourages me.
  7. I am thankful for the laughter and the hugs of my grandkids.

The list could go on and on….

Mostly, I am thankful for the many scriptures that promises us a good ending, such as;

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

But the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. Psalm 18:18-19

From the LORD comes deliverance. Psalm 3:8

I don’t know what you are walking through today – but I do know this.  I have never seen so many of God’s people under attack.

For some it is physical.  For some it is financial.  For some, people are coming against them hard and hash.  But this I know.  Jesus has overcome for us.  Our part is to continue to speak His Word and stand together with one another.  We are stronger together.

It’s okay to feel broken hearted.  It’s okay to have a meltdown.  But it’s not okay to stay down.  We must arise and shine for we are the light of the world.  And we must give thanks in every season.  There is always something to be thankful for, even when you think there isn’t.

Give thanks today.  Make your list.  It is God’s will for you and for me.

 

Meditate on this!

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Psalm 100:4