"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
There are so many days that our husbands are on the road and we are left to hold down the fort at home. Some days are without event...and then...the head gasket blows in the car engine! The kids drop your watch in the toilet! Or it rains for two days straight and the basement gets flooded! The latter happened at our house one eventful day.
After hours of backbreaking work to keep up with bailing the water as fast as it came in, I chuckled to myself as I asked God to show me how to give thanks in this circumstance. He reminded me that only two weeks before, I had started to reorganize the basement. I got my husband’s gear put away and up on a shelf, and found space off the ground for the many baseball scrapbooks his mother had carefully put together over the years. He reminded me that the Shop-Vac I held in my hands had been a prize, won at the hardware store when we moved into our house 5 years before. And he reminded me that the unessential sink in the basement (left over from moving the laundry to the first floor) still had a purpose!
What a wonderful challenge to find things to thank God for, even in the midst of trials and hardship. When we do this together as a family, we teach our children that God can be trusted no matter what.
There are many uncertainties and difficulties in baseball life. We all need to get in the habit of giving thanks in the small trials so when the “floods” of life come, (and they will) we will be better able to honor God with our responses.
Prayer: Lord, help me to look at my circumstances through your eyes and to see your hand at work in my life. Teach me to trust you more and to have a thankful heart.
Suggested Reading: Philippianns 4:10-13