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What Do You Say?

As a kid, one of the first phrases you’re taught early on is, "Thank You!" Sometimes this two-word expression comes easy and quite naturally, but other times uttering this phrase is just plain hard. Remember when you unwrapped that present from Aunt Bobbie Jo, expecting a BB Gun, but you got a sweater instead. Your mom looked at you and said, "Little Jimmy, what do you say?" You wanted to scream, "THIS SWEATER IS STUPID!" But you knew if you did, your dad’s belt would see to it that sitting would be painful for the next few days, so you mumble off a half-hearted, "Thank you."

Some of us see God the same way. If we like the gifts He’s given us the previous year, then Thanksgiving is easy. We smile, look up to heaven, and thank Him for the bountiful blessings because they were exactly what we had asked for and had expected.

But what about when the previous year has brought tragedy, difficulties, heartaches, or just disappointments in general? You didn’t quite get what you asked for or you expected. So when Thanksgiving rolls around, what do you say? If you were honest, you could think of a lot of words to say, none of them being, "Thank you."

I’m not advocating that we have to enthusiastically thank God for all our fiery trials. God doesn’t expect us to enjoy pain, but He does desire for us to trust Him during the pain. Measuring God’s love for us based on the kind of year we’re having is not faith, it’s just a reaction. The only accurate way to measure God’s love for us is by looking back at the cross on which He willingly died upon so that we might experience true life.

Andy Knight

About the Author

Andy is the user interface designer for YouVersion, the Bible App. He has a passion for sharing God's story of grace and freedom through the internet. Andy lives in Roswell, GA, with his wife and three sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @andyknight.