Friday, October 21, 2011
Sometimes it seems like things fall right into place and then other times... well, you know. When the pummeling starts, you just think, "I'll be ok." But before you realize it you've lost your bearings and the room starts spinning. You lay there flat on your back wondering where you went wrong.
You may have done nothing wrong. You may have been doing a lot of things right and the spiritual hornets aren't happy about it. So, the onslaught begins. Something beyond your control was overlooked and it meant a set back for you. Disappointed, but not discouraged, you smooth your ruffled hair, get up and go on. You make the best of it. Then comes another blow, and another and another. "They're just little things," you say to yourself. God's bigger and He has a better plan. It will be o.k. Then your car gets rear ended. "I'm fine, really." But you are beginning to wonder... You're tired, you're not very happy, and nothing seems to be going right. You can't seem to figure it out.
Then, you sit down for your devotions and come face to face with: 1 Thessalonians 5:16 "Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." And after a little while it hits you. You have not been very thankful for all of this. You haven't been very thankful for very much of anything.
And, you see, when you aren't thankful you aren't experiencing the wonderful will of God in the Anointed one for you. So, you may not feel very thankful, and you may not like what's going on, but the most amazing things begin to happen when you begin to put your mouth in gear and say "Thank you, Father."
The world begins to come back to order again, and before you know it. You really are thankful!