I am facing some big, scary changes in my future and sometimes it tries to weigh me down. On a bad day, I feel like all that matters most in my life is threatened and I have no weapon against this. It is simply…coming. When I remind myself that things are still ok in this moment, I begin to get a grip. There is one thing, though, that pulls me right out of my worry and stress. All I have to do is fall on my knees, quite literally, and give thanks for what is left today and for all that will be left.
When your world feels like it is crumbling, you have to ask yourself if indeed, it actually is. It may or may not be, but the feeling is a hard one to live with. Yet you are living, and that is huge. I know, some will say “Well, yea, but I wish I wasn’t living right now!” I have said this one myself, I think most of us have. I believe that in my case, pondering not being on the planet was a great consolation in troubled times. But, sorry, bad news, simply not being here is no solution because we are always going to be somewhere. Like my late mentor Rev Marian Starnes used to say “You couldn’t die if you wanted to.” Oh, if we were only bodies, of course we could! The body dies. This is irrefutable. Not rocket science. But the spirit and the mind do not die. So let us pray for greater ability to feel gratitude. We will all go home one day. Why rush it? God may have something especially sweet waiting for you after the current trial you are facing right now has passed. If you are able to latch on to gratitude in the hard times, the the clinches of living, you will never be without hope, for you will develop the ability to see the blessings that are always there, no matter what is going on.
It is so hard to feel at all grateful when you feel that you are under financial or some other type of assault, so hard! But if you can get to that place of gratitude, you’ve got it made. You are going to feel better! Bless what is left, and you will be able to connect with your Christ Within, the You who knows the Truth so It is never scared, never alone. Like Jesus said, as it is written in Matthew 19:23, “With man, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God .”Allow God to open your heart… all the way… and you will find yourself able to experience deep gratitude for all that is…and for all that is left.
Don’t be anxious about anything, rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7