Just a few weeks ago, she was busy teaching the children at AWANA about God's love for the world, teaching the women about God's Word, planning a Christmas tea and dinner and now, her life has been turned upside down.
How would I respond if I were to face such a challenge? If my husband were to be in this place? Would I start each day with praise, would I find reasons for thanksgiving in everything from oatmeal, silly speech or wiggling toes? Would I? (I'm rather inclined to think that I might be resentful, frustrated and depressed by it all...I mean, I get that way when I burn cookies, or the kids argue with each other...what makes me think I could have a good attitude if things got REALLY tough?)
Tragedy seems to surround us right now - a neighbor suddenly stripped from his family of 5 by the bitter cold of broken ice upon the lake...
An aunt recovering from quadruple bi-pass surgery...
Our friends spending the nights in the hospital with their newborn, trying to figure out how she will gain weight before her imminent heart surgery.
They praise God for helpful friendly nurses, for slightly comfortable chairs to sleep on, for tubes in a baby's stomach...
Would I praise God in the midst of those circumstances? If my child were struggling with each breath, would I have the strength to praise God? I hope I would; I hope I would have the faith to trust God in the midst of trials that don't make sense because God loves us no matter what challenges we face.I hope I would remember to praise God in the mildly frustrating days, in the cheerful days, in the tragic days, in the fearful days, in the painful days, in the happy days, and in all my days.
May my life begin and end with praise.
1 Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.