Giving thanks the storm and the giant?

Psalm 100:

“Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise;

Give thanks to Him and praise His name;

For the Lord is good and His love endures forever- His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

God is good all the time and all the time God is good. If I believe that then I have to also believe that in this moment, in this circumstance, God is good.

Psalm 9 tells me to give thanks with all my heart- all of it, so there is no room for resentment or bitterness or fretting, caused by calculating without God. I can’t let those things take up residency or I’m not following directions but boy is that difficult! So I have to find things during and in the storm to be thankful for. Each morning I write down the blessings from the day before because I have to take that actual step to recognize them and remember them. It helps me keep my head and hands up.

If I give thanks with all my heart that means giving thanks for everything- even the struggle and even the giant. As Christians we know that God will not have us endure one trial too many, so that is something to be thankful for. We also know that God works in His timing so it isn’t up to us to concern ourselves with timing or worry about delays, that is something to be thankful for.

But finding something to be thankful for about the struggle and the giant is a bit more difficult.

It is easier for me to find reasons to resent the struggle, to resent the giant’s intrusion in my life, to relish in the upset. I have to consciously, intentionally, and deliberately move out of that space when I find myself getting sucked back in to that mucky, murky, pit.

Instead I will choose to be thankful for the struggle, and for the giant, even though it seems very unnatural. I’ll adjust my view because God doesn’t make mistakes and He doesn’t allow anything without purpose.  It’s feels as strange as walking through the day backwards, or trying to speak pig Latin for the entire day, but let’s see what happens. It’s sort of like declaring independence from the giant- and since today is the 4th of July that seems appropriate.

Blessings for yesterday: fun times and delicious food with my family, a chance to catch up with a pastor from years ago, clean sheets, new flip flops.


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