1 Thessalonians 4: 18 – Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
On Wednesday, August 17th, our daughter Ally and I made the early morning trek to Coralville for her to take her nursing boards – the culmination of her RN degree. She had prayed, we had prayed, and we had sought out friends and family to pray. Again, that morning many more prayers were offered up on her behalf as she labored over the difficult test. Yet, it was a rather unnerving 48 hours for our family as we waited for her results.
On Friday morning, when the time came for the unveiling of the pass/fail status, the build-up to the answer couldn’t have been anymore anxiety-filled than it was! The website was not working, and we had four family members here all attempting to assist in getting to the site more expediently. We were all filled with nervousness and hope for our daughter and sister. Then, when finally we got the results to pop up, Ally had us look for her, and the ”PASS” caused us to immediately react with screams and tears of joy! After rounds of hugs and sighs of relief, we knew we had to come together and thank HIM! It was God who moved people to pray, and who provided every means along the way to get to this point.
So often I pray for a specific positive TO occur or for a specific negative NOT TO occur, and when God answers and moves and responds, I am too busy to thank Him. What do we need to stop and thank Him for today? Is there something obvious we have neglected to thank Him for? Or, maybe more so, even in the midst of a current trial or loss, is there a manner in which He has provided & revealed His mercy that we have been too preoccupied to notice?