Faith, gratitude, thankfulness, and hope can be difficult in situations of high stress, anxiety and fear. “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1, 27). Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? Actually, it can be. God gave a wonderful gift to those of us who truly believe that God is in control and loves us. We know ourselves as Christians. That gift actually does allow our hearts not to be troubled when we put our faith and trust in God and truly turn over everything to him.
Prior to me gaining that revelation of Jesus Christ, a troubled heart came easily. Problems at work, relationships, money, a seemingly never-ending winter, stay at home lockdowns, conspiracy theories and a myriad of other annoyances could really pull me off my game. Now I can merely thank God in every circumstance for the blessings I know he has bestowed upon me. A real “this too shall pass” attitude is part of that gift. The “blink of an eye” time that we have been given on this earth, that sometimes seems to take forever, is also a gift. Good times, bad times… all of it. We get stronger through our trials. That said, I can’t wait until Christ comes to take me home. In the meantime, I’ll savor the time and blessings God gave me. Thanx LORD.
Mike Kermode, food bank director