I have been considering thankfulness a lot this week. Specifically, how I could possibly be thankful in a season filled with things that I wish weren’t happening. I have found myself praying “God, I know that I’m supposed to be thankful for everything, yet how can I possibly be thankful for cancer?” This awful disease provokes zero gratitude…rather, pain, hopelessness, and often fear. In the face of heartache, how can I be thankful?
My answer is found in the knowledge that I have been already delivered from this fear:
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
This is how I can thank God for the cancer: as I am blessedly pushed to greater dependence on Him in the midst of this season, I seek him more, and as I seek him more the fear is gone, and God’s indescribable grace becomes both how I am and what I am most thankful for in this season.
Blessed beyond blessed with so much to be thankful for in this moment by moment life…