Give thanks in all things.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18
Morning arrived on her soft feet, confidently walking into the world. She bathed the yard with a pale light, convincing the night to loosen its grip. I should have been grateful for her appearance, but I was not; my heart too full of fear and worry.
“Why not give thanks for this day?” God whispered in my ear as I spooned my overnight oats into a bowl. “You’re so glum this morning.”
“I know this day is a gift you’ve given me, but I can’t seem to shake off the negativity I’ve been feeling,” I answered honestly. “The things that are seemingly wrong in my life overshadow the good things,” I explained.
God rested His hand on my shoulder. “Things are simply things,” He said softly. You are the one who judges if they are good are bad.”
I ate my breakfast in silence, pondering God’s words. I remembered that there can be no darkness in light. Just as the sun chased away the night, God can turn what I think are negative things into positive outcomes. I thought back to all the myriad of challenges in my life and remembered that things had always worked out. And I had always grown from the experience.
“My worried thoughts kept me from saying thank you, this morning. I didn’t want to face my challenges today. But with your help, I’ll move toward them, embrace them, and learn from them. I’ll allow your light to shine in their dark corners,” I said.
Just then, the sun peeked into the kitchen window, spilling a beam of light across the kitchen floor. I stood in it, lifting my face to its warmth. “Thank you,” I said. “Thank you.”