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“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
I woke up with a lump in my throat. I could sense the tears forming in my eyes. The reality of the phone call yesterday had finally sunk in. My family received news that my Dad’s platelet count was too high and placed him at risk for more cancer.
I wanted to break down and have a pity party. It would be comforting to be the victim and soothe my own pain. I not only wanted one…I felt entitled to have one. How could God potentially allow cancer back into our lives? Thoughts swirling, I was led to 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you.”
Give thanks? It was not what my heart desired to do at all, but I thought I’d give it a shot.
As pen and paper met, my need for a coddling lessened. An endless list starting forming–my husband, my job, my family, my Dad’s restored health from last year’s scare, and my new family, the Bergs. There were countless ways in which God had personally shown His loving-kindness towards me.
After spending some time writing, I realized one important lesson. Thanksgiving does not lessen pain, but allows us new perspective in Christ which brings forth purpose. Pain without purpose is just pain. Pain with purpose is development. Christ desires for us to be mature in Him. No more babies in play pens throwing pity parties, but rather mature individuals that find Him in the midst of pain.
Luke describes Jesus in this way, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52)
If Jesus warranted growth, I most definitely need to shirk off childish ways in pursuit of maturity. The lump in my throat doesn’t need a pity party, but rather a new perspective that allows me to see how blessed I truly am. It would be a shame to waste time on the “what if’s” at the expense of the joy of today.
Today, I folded up my play pen, and whisked away my list of blessings as a reminder to my head and heart…He’s more than able and I’m living proof.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)