Although my thankful challenge is now complete, I find it necessary to add another item to my list. I’m thankful for the times that things don’t work out the way we had hoped, but rather work out the way we need them to.
We all reach times in life where we feel totally lost and frozen in place. Unsure what to do and unable to see our way out. The storms sometimes seem so insurmountable in the midst of it.
Sometimes we find it hard to trust God that He’s in control and has our best interest in mind. Sometimes, what we don’t see is how God so perfectly wraps us in His arms of love and protection, even when we don’t understand it.
I find that often I pray more when I reach difficulties in life. It’s not just that I pray for things to work how I wanted them to, but rather, that in those moments when things don’t work out as I planned, I find myself thanking God that He is blessing and protecting me through it all.
I don’t say this to elevate myself. I don’t believe myself to be stronger or better than anyone else. I just find it interesting. So often I have a tendency to just live life as it is. Sure, I try to make God a priority, but very rarely am I truly thankful to Him for all that He’s blessed me with.
Until trouble strikes.
Then my heart is full of joy and thanksgiving. Because, somewhere, deep inside myself, I know that God has a plan. I know that everything will be okay. I know that all it takes is a little faith. And I know that I’ve been blessed far more than I deserve.