I Thess.5:16-18 "Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus"
After taking a fall outside of our local business supply store and breaking my left hand, I got to ponder these verses once again. I have never been one to react with "why me God" when trying things come my way, but I'm not actually sitting here saying "Thank you God for my broken hand" either. In the beginning, many people were so helpful and kind, showing the love of our Lord and I was able to be thankful.
My biggest struggle is usually with being patient, but when big trials come I find that I am given a lot more grace and patience for which I am thankful to God.
Just like we have to do with the diabetes, each person in our family has to learn that "it's not all about them" and this situation is another chance for that character quality to grow.
As the weeks went on I found it harder to deal with the many things I was unable to do. We have had to table many of the summer activities we had planned and we were all getting a little out of sorts and stir crazy! The offers from helpers started to dwindle and my spirits began to droop.
Right about that time, someone else at our church hurt his hand and in his prayer request mentioned that he had forgotten to pray himself for his hand. This was a reminder for me to do the part in this passage that says pray without ceasing. So I, too began praying over the situation, both for healing and for patience and for a uplifted spirit.
And so it happened, two dear friends called and offered meals and our wonderful church youth service team came with some help in cleaning our home. Many of the women from Bible study offered to help with driving and such and voiced their continued prayers for my family. Once again I was able to rejoice in the body of Christ as it ministered to our current circumstance.
So while I am not literally thankful for the broken hand, I am thankful in the circumstance, seeing the handsful of blessings that come along the way.