I am so thankful for the past year. It has been full of ups and downs, accomplishments and humbling moments. What I have learned and how I have changed...I will never fully understand how it all happened.
As I sat in a doctor's office last December, having an anxiety attack and believing that I was dying, I remember thinking I need to give thanks right now. I didn't understand why I was compelled to give thanks and to tell the truth I'm not so sure I was 100% sincere in my thanks-giving, but I did try to.
The Bible says to give thanks IN all circumstances, not FOR all circumstances.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
It was out of a lot of pain and darkness that restoration and healing came in my life. I didn't even know it, but THAT is what I was giving thanks for nearly a year ago. I can't explain why bad things happen to good people and I won't try to figure God out, but through it all I've learned this: I can trust my Savior. He is faithful and for that I am really, really thankful.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.