Thanksgiving. What a wonderful day! It’s a day (and season) we are reminded to give thanks for all the wonderful things in our lives. We are reminded of the blessings that the Lord has bestowed on us. All the good things are brought to the surface. It’s definitely a season we should keep alive every day of the year.
What about the bad things, though? Why are they just brushed aside during the Thanksgiving season? Why aren’t we acknowledging the thanks those circumstances deserve?
Wait, but what about the REALLY bad things? What about the divorce your best friends are going through? What about your cousin dying of cancer? What about the back pain you struggle with daily? There’s no way we’re supposed to be giving thanks for those, right?
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. BE THANKFUL IN ALL circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”
Does this mean we should not acknowledge that horrible things happen? By no means. Does this mean we shouldn’t be concerned about someone’s pain or sickness? By no means. Does this mean we should disregard our own feelings on the hurt another has inflicted on us? By no means. None of these things are sin. Jesus Christ himself was anxious and troubled at times. He was in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-46). He was deeply troubled at the death of Lazarus (John 11). He was beyond angry with the merchants in the Temple (Matthew 21:12-17).
What is important is where we turn in our anger, agony, or stress. Do we turn to the Lord or turn inward? We are called to turn to the Lord. He is there for us, no matter how dark the season. We are to be thankful to Him, not necessarily for the circumstances themselves, but for His goodness, comfort, care, and love in our hardships.
What a reminder… Thankful in all… Praise the Lord we do have Him to be thankful to. God is good!
A huge thanks to Sybil from Peace it all Together
for helping pick this topic and for cohosting this month’s faith and fellowship linkup! I hope each of you head over to her blog, read her post, and stay a while!
If you’d like to brainstorm and cohost next month’s topic with me, feel free to email me at susannah.kellogg(at)gmail.com
Please linkup your Thankful In All posts below and PLEASE hop around, gaining encouragement from one another. Who knows, you might find your new blogging BFF and the two of you could spur one another on to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24). The Linkup is open until next Friday so feel free to take some time and meditate on this truth and write up your post sometime next week! I’m excited to read what each of you have to say!