It’s been a challenging month for us. The kids have been alternately getting sick and a couple of them got into really bad accidents. Getting into the details only make me cringe, so I’ll spare you. I have been tempted to complain, to question, to nag, to run away. And I know it’s not just me. A lot of my friends are nursing sick kids back to health too as I write this.
So, why do bad things happen? I wish I can answer that. We try our best to keep our kids healthy, to watch over them and protect them, and still, things happen to them. One thing I know though, is what the Bible says about how to respond when unpleasant things happen.
I read this morning (from 1 Thes 5:16-18) to “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” To be honest, there are times when the last thing I feel like doing is being joyful and giving thanks. One of our pastors said that it’s okay not to want to do the right thing. Yes, he did say that. But he didn’t end there. It’s okay not to want to do the right thing, as long as you DO it anyway. That stuck with me.
I don’t feel like being thankful, but I choose to be thankful because this is God’s will. And don’t we desire to do God’s will? I am thankful that things are not worse. I am thankful that I have a husband who supports me and understands me especially when I overeact. I am thankful that God saw it fit to entrust to us 4 wonderful children. I am thankful that my kids love me unconditionally and see beyond my impatience and mood swings. I am thankful for my family and friends who have stood with me in prayer for my children. I am thankful that Jesus died for me, and if God didn’t spare His one and only Son for us, how much more will He not give us everything else? I am thankful for God’s grace that enables me to be thankful in the first place. Really, apart from God, I can do nothing and I am nothing.
I am thankful!