In Everything Give Thanks…Even When it’s Hard by Nathan Leal
“In everything give thanks,
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
know it’s not always easy. And sometimes it’s just plain difficult. But the
Bible tells us to give thanks in all things.
the happy things, it is easy to give thanks: a new job, a new house, a new baby,
a new relationship. For these things, thankfulness flows off the tongue like a
also easy to give thanks when we are rescued from a dilemma like an unpaid bill,
or receiving a good report about our health. But what about the hard things?
What about the issues of life that keep us awake at night?
about the loss of a job?
about the dreaded report that our health is not so good?
about the midnight phone call that changes everything?
about that pain in our body that doesn’t want to go away?
about hearing that the answer to our prayers is, “no?”… or “not
you been there folks? If you’ve lived long enough you have.
have. I am there right now. I’m asking God to heal this old body of lupus.
I’m still waiting.
can be trying at times. The mind wants to do so much. But the body resists. No
problem, instead of swinging the hammer, I’ll just pray. Unfortunately, before
you know it, the day is gone. And things still need to get done.
But the Bible says, “In everything give thanks….”
I do. I thank the Lord for my family. I thank Him for my wife. I thank Him that
my children are healthy. I thank Him for the roof over my head.
And I thank Him for another day of letting me stay; and letting me continue the
work. I thank Him for letting me be on the team. “God, if you can use this old vessel, please do.
And thanks for considering it.”
oldest son, Brennan picked up a hammer and finished a little building project
for my wife and I. He built a little shed that the baby lambs could sleep in.
For that, I give thanks. Thank you Lord, that
You gave me a son to help us around the house. I also thank You that he is
also thank the Lord that my younger son is serving God. He is sixteen. Healthy.
And he just got his driver’s license. So I am thanking the Lord for protecting
him when he’s on the road. Lord, thank you
for protecting my son when he drives in the snow. Thank you for surrounding him
with Your angels. And I thank you Lord, that He is serving You and wants to be a
youngest child is ten. Hannah. My little girl. She is a precious gift to my wife
and I, and she showed up in my wife’s tummy just a few months after the
remember when it happened. I remember wondering why.
wife wept. I wept. We didn’t understand. But we prayed anyway. God, I don’t know why this happened, but You do
and we are going to trust You. So thank you for the comfort during this time of
it happened, I never knew that a miscarriage could cause so much pain. I
remember hearing other couples talk about it. But I didn’t understand. After
all, they didn’t get a chance to know the baby. So I did not understand how
painful it was.
it happened to us…With a lot of tears.
on the pillow while trying to fall asleep. Tears on the way to work. Tears at
work. Donna and I had been trying to have another child for six years. He came
for a little while, but it was not to be. It was a short hello. And then he was
named him Tristan. In the Latin, it means, “sorrow.” And Tristan’s short time
with us ended in sorrow. Only God knows why it happened.
we thanked Him anyway.
was in 2005.
months later, a miracle happened. God placed Hannah inside of Donna. Tears of
grief turned into tears of joy.
we thanked Him.
thanked Him that He gave us four children. One of them is in Heaven waiting for
…What a day that will be…
my friends, I understand that while we are here, it can be rough sometimes.
we are sad.
the pain doesn’t want to go away.
sometimes … Our loved ones go away; causing us to ask, “why?”
why did this happen?” Most of the time, He doesn’t give us the answer.
He does tell us one thing – We should give thanks…in everything.
His children, we gotta do this… even when it’s hard. And even though it can be
difficult, we gotta do it by faith.
By faith, my friend.
the natural it makes no sense. The natural mind would say, “why be thankful when everything is a
there is a reason. When we give thanks to God, especially during trials, it
shows that we are trusting Him. Thanking Him is our testimony that no matter
what, we believe He’s going to see us through.
thanks during difficulty reveals faith. And my friend, faith gets God’s
in this season of Thanksgiving, I know it’s easy to give thanks for the good
things, but I want to encourage those of you out there who are in the midst of
trial and possibly heartache.
thanks to God my friend. Thank Him for salvation. Thank Him for His unspeakable
Gift, for our resurrected Lord Jesus. Our Messiah. Our Savior.
Thank Him for His provision.
Thank Him for the future provision that is on its way.
Thank Him for the strength that He has given you to hold you up during your hour
Thank Him for the years that He has already given to you.
Thank Him for your family.
For your loved ones.
the time that He has allowed you to be with them, and their time with
you….because we never know when our time will come.
memories this Thanksgiving my friends. Because we don’t know how many
thanksgivings we have left.
your wife. Hug your children.
your friends. And thank the Lord for them.
everything give thanks. This is indeed a good thing.