Complaining is the language of unbelief so thanksgiving is the language of faith. And without faith it is impossible to please God. Heb. 11:6
I saw this verse yesterday and thought it such a perfect verse for Thanksgiving.
We have so much to be thankful for. Family, friends, health, safety, a roof over our heads, food to eat, a new Francis family member to enter the world (niece Lauryn, and her hubby Eddie, just found out they are going to have their first child)…..I really could go on and on. We are so truly blessed.
I think when “all is well” it is so easy to get caught up in the euphoria of it all. But what about when all is not well? What about when we can’t pay that electric bill, or a family member, or close friend are ill, or in pain, or if they die? What about when the car won’t run? Do we still believe that God is in control, and that HE is a loving God?
I know the answer for myself, but when I am in the midst of something I still worry and complain! Why is that?
Yesterday morning Mark woke up and mentioned (he never complains) that he must have slept wrong because his neck, and arm were bothering him. He said nothing more the rest of the day. This morning has been different. This morning I have been transported back to just over 5 years ago. Even thinking of that time makes me sick with worry and fear. That morning so long ago, my never complaining husband (OK, he does complain about politics) woke up, told me to call our office and have that days patients canceled as something was “wrong”. Wrong enough to cancel his patients. He never did that before. By that night he was in emergency surgery on his neck. That was essentially the end of his dental career, and a short time later we were selling his dental practice. Did everything work out in God’s perfect plan and will? Absolutely! Did we have anything to worry about? No! So why am I worried now? I guess I am not. Not really! I hate seeing him in pain. I hate thinking of him possibly ending up in surgery again, as that was such a terrible ordeal for him. I do know now, I am confident and I do trust that if that is God’s will, then so be it!
We do appreciate your prayers for God’s will to be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven!