Life can dish out some lumps sometimes. To be honest, I have been fighting a whole list of grumble-worthy items threatening to overtake my thoughts and riddle me with self-pity. As silly as it may sound, at the top of my grumble list has been the weather. Winter in L'viv dishes out a long series of dreary with a lot of cold, wind, snow, slush, mud, and ice. The sky has been overcast now for about 3 months straight, plus a few weeks. After awhile I feel like the darkness outside my window overshadows my spirit and makes it sink lower and lower.
Over the last few days I've done some thinking and praying through a tangle of concerns. And I don't have all the answers. We often don't see the end from the beginning.
But I know the One who does. In the midst of my discouragement, I have known there was one thing to do, one step He wanted me to take. Regardless of whether a person is at the height of joy or the bottom of the barrel, God has made his will very, very clear. I can feel rotten or delightful and still do this simple act that pleases God so much.
"In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Every thing is every thing. (Even nasty weather and low spirits.) And the beauty of it is, in giving us this command, God has given us the very key to our own happiness.
In every thing give thanks. God's will for me and for you.
"Every day will I bless thee...."
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