It had been one of those weeks. You know, the days when “Murphy’s Law” takes over. “If it can break, it will - all at the same time!” First the muffler decided that silence was not golden and called it quits. Then the transmission refused to shift from 2nd to 3rd unless we’d go 100 km/hr downhill with a good tail wind. I tried to decide which to fix first. Did I want to go nowhere quietly or smoothly glide with a thunderous bark? While I was picking my options, Miriam called to say that the clothes washer was on fire. I cut through the smoke to find the motor seized solid as a rock. It wouldn’t wash anymore but made excellent counter space. Imagine, after 15 years, two children, four moves and thousands of cycles, the machine quits! I wondered if the warranty was still good?
Let me suggest two truths which guide my heart towards gratitude. First I need to remember God’s care. A transmission or washing machine won’t tax His power or provision. The Lord is no fickle friend who deserts us in our troubles. His love and care remain constant. His care is not diminished by my troubles. In fact, it is in the midst of troubles that I find His care. Second, I need to maintain a perspective of heart. It may be that God is more concerned about my spirit of fear or complaint than He is about my appliances. The very problems I face are Spirit tools of transformation for my soul.
The danger we face is to let the small struggles of life distort our vision and rob us of joy and thanksgiving. Let us refuse to be ungrateful. Let us welcome every day from God with thanksgiving. Let us offer to Him a sacrifice of praise for both the good and difficult. Let us hope that week’s like that are few and far between!