There’s so much to be said today in expectation of our week of Thanksgiving. God sure gives us many blessings! He also allows hard times. Is the purpose to make us more thankful for the good times?
He says to praise Him in the hard times, too, though. Ugh, that is hard!
If you are in a hard time right now, I understand. I’ve been there. It’s hard to watch others gather with their families for holidays – to laugh, love, and celebrate – while you can’t. No matter the reason, it’s hard to praise God in the storm.
Grief is a journey, and I pray you will journey through your time of change, whatever that is. God brings us through, but He intends to teach us in the midst of it. If we yield to Him, draw close to Him, He reveals many treasures.
During my hardest time of grief, I didn’t want to be here. I wanted to check out…to go on to Heaven early…to be relieved of the pain. I would never end my own life, but I lived dead. When you go through the motions of every moment of every single day, numb from pain, blocking all feelings and emotions of life, that’s living dead.
How did I come out of it?
By God’s grace.
He taught me to keep my eyes on Him,
to praise Him no matter what
and to focus on His hundreds of promises in His Word.
He taught me to live again…with Him holding tight to me.
So, how will you get through this week? The same. He loves you and longs for you to draw near to Him…for His strength…to feel His love…to hold tight to His promises.
I’m here to say this. Joy DOES come in the morning. It may be many mornings from now, or it may be tomorrow. But, it does happen. God’s promises are steadfast and true. Cling to that. Praise Him for that.
And, for you who are experiencing your joy in the morning of life, enjoy this time. This week, reflect on God’s treasures in your previous storm.
Pray for those who are in a storm…be sensitive to them. Sometimes their pain is completely raw…devastating…even the slightest thing can cause more pain. We never know what to say exactly, but this is what helps. This is what helped me.
Pray for your friend in pain, and tell them you’re praying.
Give her (or him) a hug.
Say the words, “I love you.”
How do I know this? Because God brought those friends to me. They were His ministers to my healing. They didn’t understand my pain, but they didn’t have to. They loved.
This week, I give thanks for those friends (and family) and to my Lord Who brought them – and for all the things in life that I can feel again. I will give thanks for those hard months, as well – for the lessons in the storm, the treasures – and for the joy in my morning of life God brings.
Praise Him for all things. Experience thankfulness.