I’m not sure what made me wake up thinking about disappointment, dread and fear. But that’s what was on my mind this morning. I’ve been thinking about gratitude a lot and started a “gratitude journal”. Every day, I write down things for which I’m grateful. A few days ago when it was snowing, I wrote down that I was thankful for heat. The snow changed some plans I had but I thanked God for the beauty of the snow out on my deck. Two nights ago after I hit a deer and killed both the deer and my car I was thankful for God’s protection. I was thankful for air bags and my neighbor who stopped to comfort me and go tell my husband and finally for my husband who came and helped me. Today, I’m thankful for car insurance that pays for a rental car to get me to and from work and anywhere else I need to go. I’m thankful for that little green Kia Soul I’m driving that makes me laugh every time I think about those hamsters in the commercials. Oh, the thanks goes on and on. My little gratitude journal is filling up.
Hmmm….. It seems gratitude doesn’t leave much room for disappointment, dread or fear. I’m reminded of a scripture, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. 1 Thes 5:16-18. It’s not just a helpful tip to get me through rough times, it’s His will for my life. Well no wonder it works!!
Now, I’ll admit, hitting the deer wasn’t a terribly dreadful circumstance compared to some I’ve experienced. But the principle is still the same regardless the circumstance.
Gratitude doesn’t leave much room for disappointment, dread or fear.
So often we struggle to make life what we want it to be. To obtain all that we desire.
We have a picture in our mind of what our life should be. We have a picture of what will make us happy. We may even have an idea of what we deserve.
We struggle and fret to obtain those things or circumstances that complete that picture in our mind of how our life should be. When that perfect picture is blurred or ripped to shreds we are left with anxiety, fear, anger or disappointment.
What if we just relaxed in acceptance that what is happening right now was God’s will and trusted that it was all for good? How peaceful would it be to just relax in God’s promises. To breathe in God’s promises and exhale our trust. What if we closed our eyes and just simply said God I will trust your plan.
What if we went even further and thanked God for our circumstances? If we could see our circumstances as a gift from God then we could experience joy in the midst of our circumstances no matter how bad they may seem.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thes 5:16-18.
If you’re struggling with this today, consider asking God to help you see the life He wants for you; to be thankful for the life you have been given.
Let’s surrender this day together.
Lord, I am going to relax in your promises. I accept what you give me today with gratitude. I accept and give thanks for my life just as it is today. Help me to see you have a bigger picture that I cannot begin to grasp right now. Help me to seek you in all that I do. Help me to see your work in everything that comes my way whether I see it to be good or bad. Help me to take this one day and live it to the fullest not focusing on the past or future. Although I don’t know Your will, help me to seek it and relax; trusting in your promises.
What are you thankful for today?