How in the World can we be Thankful??

Sometimes the chaos of the world will blur our vision with despair, worry and fear. Where can we go to find the Truth? Where can we find peace amid this chaotic world? How can we truly have Hope that prevails?

The reality in this world is many are without hope. As a result of the COVID-19 virus, Suicide rates in Michigan rose 33% according.to http://www.bridgemi.com, Life Hurts. These stats are only those being reported. What would drive someone to take his or her life? Thousands of those left behind agonize over this question when a loved one chooses to exit the world this way. Something in their hearts and minds had to hurt so badly they thought there was no way out. Or maybe it was a moment of desperation?

The victims of COVID19 is far reaching and is NOT just those who get the virus. People have lost their jobs, security, homes and some as mentioned above, take their own lives. For safety reasons some of our elderly are isolated from loved ones and some will even die alone. Masks and the six feet rule of social distancing may be necessary, but it takes a big toll on relationships. Science backs up the facts that we need human touch. We need to have connections with others. We are by nature and creation a social being.

May we never forget those who work in the health fields. Doctors, nurses, techs, and many others who take care of us are on the front lines taking the risk to help us. They are making a sacrifice of long hours, not only risking their wellbeing but their immediate family when they go home from work. God bless them one and all. Where is their protection and peace of mind as they care for us?

Then we have people who fight over toilet paper. And those who fight someone who has a mask on – or does not have one on! It depends on who gets bent out of shape the most. We fight simply because someone does not agree [James 4:1]. Each person is convinced s/he is right! How can we find and have peace if everyone thinks differently, but everybody is right in their own eyes? That is their personal perception but is it actuality?

Many have their Hope in a COVID19 vaccine! Some want to shut down America for another 5 or 6 months! Will it work? No one knows for sure. We cannot even agree on who won the election because there is so much fraud and deceit in the political system. So where is there HOPE we can count on?

Major Pain points

As if the world’s problems were not enough, we have our own personal physical problems. My “problem list” has 26 issues on the list. To name a few, I have Multiple Sclerosis, blind left eye, osteoporosis, and the most recent add on is Rheumatoid Arthritis which hit me this year It slammed me with more pain. I am not alone. Thousands wake up each day with their own personal battle. It could be RA, MS, ALS, Cancer or a hundred other diseases. Where is the hope when the disease is progressive, unpredictable, and incurable?

 How in the world can we be thankful? I have many reasons to be thankful! But this article’s focus is the greatest reason we should be thankful! There are millions of books in the world. You would think humankind would have THE Answer to the problems in the world by now. Many think the answer is in a global reset, the one world order and the COVID19 vaccine. There are many theories.

The Truth is the Answer for our world is not a theory nor or a Religion. It is a Relationship. We have the great privilege to choose to be in a relationship with the One Who created the world! We need to repent of our sin (all have sinned and fall short; Romans 3:23) and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At that moment, our heart is transformed anew! My prayer is the Holy Spirit will woo you into a real relationship with God our Father by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior if you have not done so. It is the best and most important decision you will ever make.

We serve the GOD of Hope. We need to remember His plan for this world has nothing to do with having our best life now, at least NOT the way the world thinks of it. Our best life is now is in knowing the God of Hope. Amid the political chaos we can have peace.  When we accept Jesus, the Holy Spirit indwells us. He is the Comforter and gives us peace that passes all understanding [Philippians 4:7].

Throughout history our Nation has been through many, many storms, and wars. Never does the horizon of this world seem so dark and bleak. Yet we have reason to be thankful. Not thankful for the circumstances but thankful we can know the One Who will see us through. He promises never to leave or forsake us. He is my King. I know He keeps His promises.  He loves me. He loves you. We have the reason to give thanks to God…everyday!

How in the world can we be thankful? Jesus is always the reason to be thankful.

John 3:16-17

King James Version

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The Bible: The Truth that sets us free.

References:

Why we need a Savior

Romans 3:10  As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;

Romans 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved

Watch Your Head

Ever wanted to fail a test so that “whatever” you had could be fixed? Well, I called my doctor for the report I have been waiting for. I have many things going wrong in my body. I won’t bore you with the details. Except that I despise what is happening to my body but it is the only body I have. Attitude adjustments are necessary and necessary often.

The blood tests were all within normal limits. If I had an old wall phone I would have slammed the receiver down at the speed of light rate to match how fast my attitude took a dive. Normal? Give me a break. So what are these crazy symptoms? Multiple Sclerosis can affect any area, any function that your nervous system affects. I’d like to use my imagination…for something better than what can go wrong with my body. The other doctor told me if this test was normal, another specialize doctor and more torture tests are needed. (Well, okay I threw in the word “torture”).

Viking with a steel helmet

Viking with a steel helmet

I sense my thoughts’ going down a dark road of woe is me. I realized I took my helmet off that protects my head. All the negative thoughts that used to bounce off my head were penetrating my mind. I repented and took the helmet of salvation and secured it back on my head. What am I going to do Oh LORD? I don’t want to think about more tests, more pain, more challenges… The thought came lightning fast:

Ephesidans 6:16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints

During the tough times when all I can see is me; it is due time to look for others who are hurting and reach out to them. It matters not if they have a hang nail compared to the pain I have. What matters is that I reach out beyond myself to help someone who is hurting. That is what Jesus would do. When I reached out to another one with a broken heart, my pain didn’t go away. But the joy of touching another’s live with the real hope and joy in the midst of our circumstances not only mended her broken heart, but I regained perspective. This life is not about me and it never has been. It is about sharing the prevailing hope we have in Christ when life hurts…because this life is but a vapor and ONE DAY everything we thought was unfair, unjust, too much to bear …will be worth it all and so much more.