Dawnelle Elizabeth had this post on Facebook, I wanted to share this with my readers.
It is a fact that there are many people that do not believe in God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. I am not one of them. From infancy I have been taught about the love of God, about His Son Jesus Christ, and later on about the Holy Spirit. The three of them together are called “The Holy Trinity”.
My teachings included how to “talk” to God through prayer and through my everyday actions around family members, the people I knew personally, in other words my friends, and my actions around those I didn’t know at all. The phrase, “Actions speak louder than words.”, has been said to me and around me so much that there is no way I could ever forget it.
In my teachings there were also such phrases as, “Beauty is as beauty does.”, or “Pretty is as pretty does.”, “It’s not what’s on the outside that counts”, “It’s what’s on the inside, in your heart that counts.”, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”, and last but by no means least, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”
It was when I was a teenager that I believe I learned how to pray properly and reverently. Up until that time i usually just recited the few prayers I had learned growing up, those being, “The Grace”, the bedtime prayer, “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep”, and “The Lord’s Prayer”. During that time I was also taught that we were supposed to give thanks to God “in everything”.
That was a teaching that I thought was just way off base. Having been taught that God allows Satan to tempt us and to test us by doing mean things to us, was just a concept I was unable to grasp as a teenager. Once I got older and matured in my later years, that started to make sense to me. There was a poem, that I heard quite often, that really made a person stop and think. I think the title of the poem was “God Has Not Promised”. The poem went on to say different things that amounted to the fat that, life was not always easy, and that we had to take the bad along with the good. If we never knew anything bad, then we would not know that what we were living in was good and that life was not always that way.
There is another poem, of sort, that I have heard for many years. It goes like this: “The devil is a monster, Of such awful means, That to be hated, Needs but be seen. But seen too oft, With familiar face, We first endure, And then embrace.”
When I first started thanking God for everything, even the bad things and stuff, I was very angry about having to thank God, even for the bad things. That was like thanking your parents for spanking you when you did something wrong. And really, who thanks their parents for spanking them for doing wrong. Not anybody I know of.
It’s no surprise then when I tell you that my first prayer that I prayed to thank God for the bad things went something like this: ” Dear God, the Bible says that we are supposed to thank you for everything whether good or bad. I dont understand why I should thank you for something that I didn’t ask for and don’t even want, let alone to be happy for it and thank you for it. But if I’m supposed to, then I will. Thank you for …….(whatever the bad thing was), and I’m doing this only to do what the Bible says for me to do. That’s because I want to be obedient to your word.” Then I go on to say: “Thank you God for…….(whatever the good thing is or things are), I do appreciate it that you answered my prayer for it. I love you God and I thank you for sending Your Son to die for my sins. I also thank you for forgiving my sins, and understanding what I am trying to say even though it is not something I like. You are indeed a Wonderful and Gracious God. I love you, AMEN.”
All of what I have written above was necessary to explain what the reasoning is behind my wanting to share the picture poster above, at the beginning of this post.
The title of the poster is “Only GOD”, meaning that only God can correct the things that we do that are not right.
“Only GOD can turn: A MESS into a MESSAGE. A TEST into a TESTIMONY. A TRIAL into a TRIUMPH. And a VICTIM into a VICTORY.
My hopes are that this post has helped you to understand why we are supposed to thank God for everything, good and bad. And to tell you about my own trip down the long hard road to being able to understand it, and then to put it into practice.