Each time I open “Jesus Calling,” I am in awe of how good God is- and how perfect His timing is. While I was prepared to spend today (Mondays, am I right?) throwing myself a pity party about how I am jobless, He instructs me to not let my rage and self- pity lead me farther from Him. Ummm perfect. Is it easy to thank God during this time: no. Is it necessary: yes.
I am a planner and it’s difficult to plan when I’m uncertain of where I am going. I am so THANKFUL that wherever my next job is, whatever it is- God is with me. He is sovereign. AND I can serve Him in any job. His grace is so much more than my problems. (and I am also so thankful that this is my problem. Thank you Lord for giving me such a manageable one first.)
Today’s devotional pretty much said that thanking Him isn’t easy and doesn’t always come natural- but the more you do it, the more genuine it is. I read that as ‘fake it until you make it.’ I’ve heard that when you’re having a bad day, to smile &/ laugh. They aren’t real smiles or laughs, but these fake moments actually lower your stress and release happy hormones. I feel that’s the same way with giving God your thankfulness of bad moments. Do I really mean it right now? Maybe not, but when He leads me out of this darkness- I will praise Him. And then next time life’s issues arise, I will remember His faithfulness and thank Him for the opportunity to trust Him.
“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Thanking God for your sucky day also saves us from falling ‘into the depths of despair,” (thanks Anne of Green Gables for my dramatic flair). By recognizing His power over our problems, does not negate the problem, but it does protect us from the lies that we are going through the problem alone. He is with us always. And it’s really nice to have someone support you during the difficult times.
So thank you God for this period of my life that I’m unemployed. Thank you Lord for the unknown future.
“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The cords of death entangled me,
the anguish of the grave came over me;
I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“Lord, save me!”
5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
6 The Lord protects the unwary;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.”