Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving "Thanks" During Hard Times ~ Happily Ever After?


Oftentimes we romanticize the plight of the pilgrims.

Their journey consisted of wild storms in the violent, stormy seas and a lack of fresh food for many months at a time. There was seasickness and dirty diseases while being surrounded with buckets of filth for the uses of everything else I dare not mention. Showers and clean clothes were non-existant. These people were also among passengers who taunted them for their faith on their historical voyage to the "New World".

Notwithstanding all these torments was the grief in their hearts lingering from their final good-byes to loved ones. For others it was the great detachment from the civilized world as they knew it. They would most likely never see that world and those left behind loved ones ever again.

When they finally arrived at their destination, their troubles were not over! They lost one half of their people to starvation, disease and cold in the first winter.

And this was a journey led by God because of their faith in God?

Surely they must have felt forsaken? They had every opportunity to lose hope. But, what did they do when given the opportunity?

They thanked God for everything He had done for them!

Truly there is much to learn from a people like this! In these uncertain times, it is so easy to lose heart. Looking back to the journey of this God-fearing people, we can see the grace that has been shown to us in our present circumstances because of their endurance. {Think of the legacy you may leave the next generation because of the life of faith you are currently living!}

May their example stand out like a beam of light during our dark moments for what was their source of strength?

Dear reader, it was the Living God and the inspired and encouraging words of the Scriptures!

This is the faith that we must hold on to in our own lives when our journey goes down a thorny path of sorrows, storms and pain. This is the faith that will sustain us in all circumstances. And when our life takes us to some scary scenarios, we know that we are safely in the place God has chosen for us…

"In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

{emphasis mine on "you"}

We know it isn't this life where we will live "happily ever after" but the next one to come. The Lord has already laid down His precious life for you, for us (John 3:16). And for that, we should always be thankful...

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
~ Colossians 3:15



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14 comments:

  1. Dearest JES, what a beautifully-written post. You are absoutely right, this life is not "happily-ever-after," but the next one is! Oh my friend, I am so thankful for the shed blood of our Savior for He makes is possible for us {through faith} to enter into His gates with thanksgiving.

    Thank you for sharing, May you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie for sharing! Have a lovely weekend with your family :)

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  2. Jes, thank you for reminding us of the pilgrims' great voyage and its many challenges, many of them life-threatening! Your recounting of their strong belief in God, in the face of such trials, surely is a most vital example of unwavering faith.

    Hope your Thanksgiving was a peaceful one.

    Poppy

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  3. Dear JES,
    You are so right. True gratitude is forged during tough times when we learn the God is good and worthy of praise no matter what our circumstances.
    Thanks for sharing this encouragement today.
    Gail

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    1. Hello Gail! Nice to hear from you :) Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Hey Jes, great post! This really hits home for me right now as we are in a season of unemployment, called into the wilderness too and often it feels like we are facing insurmountable odds. But, we are resolute that God has called us to this life and we continue to follow and give Him praise through the storms and mountains. I look forward to getting through this season, but we are surely growing and learning to trust Him even more throughout the trials. I'm glad I found this post ☺️. Shalom!

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    1. Thank you for sharing Julie. May He bless your path with all your needs!

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  5. Thanks for the insight into how it was for the pilgrims, it is not something we really know a lot about. Their journey and life must have been so hard, thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  6. What a miraculous example. It is such a blessing to meditate on and be reminded of this. Your writing is always eloquently inspiring. Thank you for including the beautiful verse in Colossians... I don't think I could ever be any less comforted and completed by those words no matter how many times I read it.

    Blessings! Have a wonderful evening.
    ~Jazzmin

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    1. Very true!!! The inspired word is a lamp unto our feet! :)

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  7. Hello, JES. Thank you so much for your texts that feed my faith, inspire my life. Sorry my bad english, I'm a brazilian girl and I don't know speak english very well. But I just want to thank you for your willing heart. God bless you every time! :)

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    1. Hello Jessica, your English is just beautiful because you left such lovely words here! You should hear my Portuguese! Thank you for taking the time to share and to introduce yourself to me :) That made me smile...

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