I was recently reminded of a story from a book that I read in my eight grade English class. The book is The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and I am sure many of you are familiar with it. Corrie was a Jew who was placed in a concentration camp with her sister. When they arrived at the barraks they were appauled by the conditions in which they were to live. Her sister reminded her of I Thessalonians 5:18 "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." The sisters then went around their surrounding thanking God. Corrie's sister even thanked God for the fleas. Later on in their story the girls were able to host a Bible study uninterrupted in their barracks. Why? Fleas, the guards would not enter their barracks because of the fleas.
God does not command us to think Him only for the good, but He commands us to thank Him for everything.
Today I was having a hard day, actually it has been a hard week. I having been praying "Lord, could something just go my way." My eyes have been opened, I should not be asking for something, but I should be giving thanks. Tonight as a lie here in bed in the most beautiful country I have ever been in I am not asking but I am saying thank you.
Thank you for these two precious little girls that are asleep next to me. Thank you for my husband, Sadie, and Nolen. Thank you for saving me, loving me, and giving me life. Thank you for the "mess of paperwork" that has kept me here. Thank you for the sunburn on my shoulders, the endless heat, the mosquitoes, Smokey the mouse, and the bats on the porch. Thank You