Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Sometimes I throw my hat in the ring. Sometimes I throw in the towel. Sometimes I just get thrown for a loop, not expecting the crushing blow that brings the layoff, the health issues, or the end of love.
I may not always give thanks for a circumstance that threw me under the bus and left me crushed and humbled, buckling at the knees. After all, my prayers before that incident had been that God would watch over me, protect me, and help me to do those things that would gain his favor. Those are my trust prayers, my foundation stones.
How should I respond though when I’m no longer a full vessel of joy, or I’m not able to function as he designed me? What if I’m just a chipped cup, a broken saucer, hardly good for anything?
Yes…what if? The fact is when I’m feeling somewhat less than whole, the things that fall apart are those dreams that never do seem to serve me well, the ones where everything is beautiful all the time and everyone loves me just because I’m well…wonderful! After all, I’m an idealist, an optimist with childlike faith.
Over time, I’ve managed to piece a few things together though, getting out the gluesticks as needed, helping to reshape and remold my heart and my mind. I’ve learned that the Creator of the Universe is not done with me yet, even when I no longer seem to have obvious value. At each stage of my life, he seems to have a new task for whatever shape my vessel is in.
The fact is, I recognize that I always have a reason to be grateful. I always have one thing that no number of crushing blows, no army of broken relationships, no flood of fury can ever take away…I have a God who knows my name…who knows the intimate details of my very being…who shaped and molded me from nothing and can raise me up over and over again until he takes me back to rest in his arms. That part of me is uncrushable. That part of me is perfect.
You are uncrushable too…even when you’re slightly cracked, or unfit for your old purposes…you may simply be being redesigned…remade…shaped into something even more stunning and beautiful. Now that is a reason to give thanks!