Thankful for what?
Just a quick thought from this morning. We opened our windows last night and turned off the air. The house was actually chilly this morning! According to the Weather Channel this is our 10 day forecast. If you don't bother clicking the link. The highs range from 77 to 82. The lows from 57 to 64. After some pretty oppressive heat and humidity, I am thanking God for the cooler weather! Which got me to thinking why wasn't I thanking God during our week of 100 + heat indices (which is minor compared to the heat my family and friends to the south have been dealing with most of the summer). Now
we certainly don't have to like all weather (or food or colors, etc.) equally. It is good for us to thoroughly enjoy a low humidity 77 degree day where you're comfortable inside or outside. I loved taking a family bike ride to prayer meeting last night and not breaking a sweat!
The question comes, however, do we thank God for the weather we don't like so much. Does my complaining about other weather reveal a heart that is not certain that what God has for me is best? I believe in a sovereign God. That being so, I should be thankful for all that comes to me - good or bad (from my perspective). Whether I understand or not, his plan is best for me and you. But don't stop with the weather; think bigger. Easy to thank God for health; harder to thank him for illness, pain, surgery, and suffering. Easy to thank God for financial prosperity; more difficult to thank him for hard times. May God give us grace to see our trials through the light of Scripture. James 1 is especially helpful. God uses the trials for our good, our growth and steadfastness. So let's thank God for the cool weather. And the hot. What are you thankful for?
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