No Matter What

29 11 2013

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” – Psalm 118:1

This comes to you with a prayer that Thanksgiving has been a day of joy, peace, and fullness. It is a day to reflect on all of the blessings that fill our lives and to count the good things which bring smiles to our faces and a warm feeling to our hearts. It is easy to overflow with gratitude when our lives overflow with bounty and beauty.

Not everyone had such a happy day. Some days find it hard to trace thanksgiving around the edges of hurt, pain, disappointment, or loneliness. Some days find us reeling, unable to find sure footing as our world slips and shakes. Health struggles, money problems, job stresses, and troubled relationships bring in the dark clouds of worry and fear. Counting blessings is tough when you are just trying to keep your head above water.

We all face those days. Maybe today. Perhaps tomorrow. But they come. Sometimes they sneak in and take us by surprise. Other times they hit with a ferocity that takes our breath away. That is why this verse in Psalm 118 is so precious. Our ability to be grateful doesn’t depend on our circumstances, but on God’s presence in our lives.When we can’t find anything else to be thankful for, we can be thankful that God is good. His character is unchanging. His heart is constant. Because of that goodness, His love is steadfast and enduring. Even in the most agonizing circumstances, the darkest days, and amidst the heaviest burdens, God’s love doesn’t go anywhere. It continues to surround you, lift you up, hold you close, and draw you near.

My Jesus Resolution today is to give thanks no matter what. Some days are hard. Those aren’t the days to skip thanksgiving. Those are the days when my heart most needs to count His blessings. It reminds me of who is in control, who is my anchor, and who will never leave me alone. The cross stands as God’s testimony to His steadfast, enduring, unshakable, nonnegotiable love. It stands silently on a hill reminding me that God is good, God is for me, God understands, and God loves me no matter what.


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