Blooming In The Rain
I Thessalonians 5:18 – In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner I am reminded that God’s word tells us to “give thanks in everything.” I am finding out that sometimes that’s easier said than done. It’s a whole lot easier to give thanks when things are going well than it is to give thanks when they’re not. Thanksgiving is a time when we consider all the good things God has blessed us with and give him thanks for them. Rarely do we consider giving thanks during the times in our lives when things aren’t going so good. It’s hard to give thanks “in everything” when everything includes suffering through difficult things. I have to admit I was having a hard time with this scripture until I realized God’s word tells us to give thanks “in” everything, and not “for” everything. I don’t think God expects us to give thanks for the difficult things we encounter in life, but he does desire for us to give thanks while in them, as difficult as that may be.
Due to an illness I have been going through, things aren’t going well in my life right now. But God has been revealing some much needed truth in my illness and for that I am thankful. I have always given God thanks for what I considered to be the big things, the important things in my life. Seldom did I consider giving him thanks for the little things, until the little things became big things. I now realize that every little thing in life is a big thing. Knowing this, I now give God thanks for everything, and I do mean everything! I give him thanks for simply being able sit in a chair, to comb my hair, to sweep the floor, to walk out the door, to stand on my own, to not be alone, to tie my shoes, to put them on, to face the day even when I am afraid, to keep being strong when the day is long and the pain so strong I don’t want to go on. I thank God for hearing my prayers, for calming my fears, for seeing my tears. In spite of all the suffering and the pain, I give God thanks for every little thing. I thank God for helping me to see that life is not meant to be centered on me, and for this truth that I now see, I give God thanks for revealing it to me.
God assures us in his word that, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We might not understand why things happen in life, and we might not like the things that happen in life, but if God says that all things work for good, then we can be assured that somehow what we are going through will ultimately work together for good in our lives. I Peter 5:9-10 encourages, “May the God of all grace who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.” Sometimes God allows suffering in our lives in order to perfect, establish, strengthen and settle us in our walk of faith – just ask Job. Fortunately it is only “for a while.” God will bring all suffering to an end in his timing. Suffering in any way is never any fun, but if God allows it in the life of one of his children, we can be sure it’s merely an instrument in his hand for good. So, I give thanks, not for the suffering, but for the good that my Heavenly Father desires to bring about in my life through it.
It’s a rainy day today and as I looked outside my patio door, I noticed my Hibiscus flower was blooming in the rain. It’s not easy to bloom in the rain. It causes us to droop a little, much like my Hibiscus flower is doing today. But we have the assurance of God’s word that the sun will shine again and we won’t always be drooping in the rain. Ironically, the same rain that causes my Hibiscus flower to droop, will also be used by God to cause it to grow and bloom again. I am so thankful to know that if God will cause the sun to shine on my Hibiscus flower and send the rain to help it grow, he will most assuredly cause the sun to shine on me again and use the rain to help me grow. This Thanksgiving I hope we all realize that we have much more to be thankful for than just the big things, and that we take a moment to consider all the little things we take for granted every day. This Thanksgiving I hope we “give thanks for everything – for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us.”
BLOOMING IN THE RAIN
It’s hard to be a flower blooming in the rain
And it’s hard to give God thanks when you’re suffering and in pain
But we have a heavenly promise that all suffering will one day end
And the rain that fell upon us will cause us to bloom again
So in all things give God thanks for he works all things for our good
And often times of suffering we have misunderstood
But if we will but be patient we will one day see
The Son once again come out to shine on you and me