The rooster crowed interrupting what little sleep I could find. It has been a difficult season with each moment seemingly filled with repetitive prayer and falling to my knees only to crumble under the weight on my own shoulders. Prying myself to the edge of the bed, I approached the Lord, “it’s me again.”
I wonder if He ever looks down and says, “What now?” I know it is not His way, just a reflection of one of my faults and God doesn’t have any. But by the time I get through my list of “needs,” I’ve got nothing left to pray, let alone praise. So today, instead of asking and asking, I will simply trust and be thankful, for what I’m not quite sure.
Amidst the sounds of endless traffic, a voice echoed clearly, “I hear you. I always hear you. I know you are tired. I know you’re hurting. Watch what I will do.”
Looking up from miles of taillights, through teary eyes I saw the sun peeking through the gray. Brilliant cascades of pinks and yellows illuminate the sly. And then they were gone. But today, I will trust.
Stopping in for a quick bite, paper straws scattered across the table, and I said, “oh well, it’s Friday.” The girl behind the counter flashed a sweet smile and said, “Yes, it is!” Another ray of sunshine. So today I will trust.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
All circumstances, the good and bad. The good I understand, and I do not do it enough, but the bad? But how can you be grateful for the bad? The bad represents sin, separating us from God and that is something I do not like. It’s hard to be grateful in every situation. However, I am thankful that even in bad situations, there is still God and there is still good.
The struggles of the moment are what we see, and they hurt the most. But I was given another day to talk to God, to love those I love, to reach out to those I do not, yet, and to help even in the smallest way (if only a prayer). I am grateful.
It will not be easy, but today I will rejoice, pray, and give thanks despite my circumstances “for this is God’s will for me in Christ Jesus.”
Today I will trust.
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