We’ve all experienced bad times. When the bad comes, seeing the good can seem impossible.
The phone call that someone we love is sick or dying. Money problems. Marital problems. Trying times with the kids.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Wow. I’d like to think that I’m a pretty positive person. But, giving thanks in ALL circumstances can feel like climbing Mt. Everest with your hands tied behind your back.
When you’re crying uncontrollably and waiting for your situation to turn around, giving thanks is often the furthest thing from your mind.
When you’re checkbook is empty and the bills keep coming, seeing the good seems impossible.
When you feel alone and abandoned, it can feel like there’s nothing to be thankful for.
Seeing the good often means looking for the littlest things. Sometimes those good things can only be seen by looking thru the eye of the needle. But, they are there.
When I was in one of the darkest times of my life, God sent me helpers.
I prayed for my situation to change. It didn’t. I found out why later. In the middle of my time of trial, He sent me helpers.
I was seeing the good every day in the friends who called day after day to check on me.
I was seeing the good in a neighbor who started my lawnmower when it was just one more stupid thing that day that made me cry!!
I was seeing the good in the fact that my bills were piling up but I was still working and earning “just enough”, no more and no less.
When tragedy strikes, life is hard. The good is in the little things. The helpers and the hugs.
The good is when the community rallies together after a tornado or a fire or a senseless act of cruelty.
When we see sick children, we can be thankful for the people who put on superhero costumes to cheer them up.
How many times have you seen a video or news story where a complete stranger saves someone from a burning building or a wrecked car? We are seeing the good.
When things are bad, seeing the good requires a different focus. It requires us to focus out instead of focusing in.
When things are at their worst we need to be willing to let good happen. Then we have to recognize it.
When we watch the news and all we see is bad, we have to be willing to see and be grateful for the people who hold the door open for us, let us in line in front of them at the store, or the person in front of us who pays for our coffee.
Small gestures are God’s way of saying, “I sent them”.
Seeing the good, when times are bad, is about taking a moment to shift our focus.
Until times get better, see the little things and give thanks.
If this touched you, you might enjoy Seasons of Life.