Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanks in Turmoil

“In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Dee and I began 2015 both sensing that the year was going to be filled with a number of challenges.  Sure enough as the months went by, the challenges came.  Although we expected some of them, it was the health issues that caught us off guard – particularly a two-week spiritual/mental battle I had at the end of the summer.

Within a matter of days, I went from the secure and unyielding man of faith that I’d known for decades, to a completely broken man lying in a hospital bed feeling lost and abandoned.  Although I was able to get back on my feet quickly, a few months later I still have questions as to what exactly happened, why did it happen, and will it ever happen again. 

However, in the midst of that turmoil, I know that if I lift my head just high enough I’ll be able to give thanks - even in this situation.  In my heart, I know that the Lord put a massive hedge of protection around me, and surrounded me with loving people that care – none more so than He.