There were a series of fortunate events that happened at our house a few weeks ago.
Firstly, I glanced down before stepping outside.
Secondly, our two dogs (meet Max and Willow) were out on a walk with my daughter.
Thirdly, our snake catching neighbour was home and kindly “relocated” the baby brown snake which had decided our back door step was a good place to hang out! 😳
(For the readers unfamiliar with Australian snakes, Eastern Browns are the world’s second deadliest. Even a baby is highly venomous.)
I thanked God for His loving care that afternoon.
I’m sure we’ve all had instances where we realise things could have turned out differently and it’s easy to thank God in those moments!
But what about when things land on our doorstep so to speak and the outcome isn’t so great? In those moments we tend to cry out WHY??? (see my blog Wrestling with Why)
1 Thes 16-18 is a difficult verse to put into practice. The “always”, “without ceasing”, and “in all circumstances” parts really challenge the flesh and I’m the first to admit my flesh wins a lot more than I like! But there’s an important little word in there. (emphasis mine): “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
We aren’t told to give thanks for all circumstances! We are told to give thanks in them.
And the reason? Because if we trust Jesus, then He is with us in every circumstance, even when the things that land on our doorstep aren’t what we were expecting.
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