For several weeks our Sunday school teacher has opened with this verse as a gentle reminder that we need to thank God for our blessings not grumble about our trials. I always whisper it along with him, smiling over every word. It’s long been a favorite go to passage of mine. Every since I opened a carton of eggs one day years ago to scramble some for breakfast and glanced at the carton. There on the inside of the lid was these words of hope, joy, promise and celebration! I wasn’t rejoicing that morning, far from it, seemed everything was off, nothing going quite right. But I read that verse, saying it softly to myself, then I looked out the kitchen window as I thought about it for a second. Right then I saw the momma robin who’d built her nest above our back porch light perch on the edge of the nest as three fuzzy, hungry little beaks reached eagerly for the worm she was about to puke into their mouths. Right then it hit me – rejoice! God’s got this, He’s in control, it’s all His plan. Stop whining over spilled milk, smile, know God loves you… and thank Him that you aren’t having to puke up worms to feed your baby.
Sometimes life is hard, messy, not a lot of fun. But no matter how hard it gets we still have so very much to rejoice about. We’re alive, we are drawing breath into our lungs, smelling the smells around us. We have a God in heaven who created us, who loves us who sent His only son to save us. We have a Savior who obeyed his Father, took our place on the cross and died for us. That right there is reason enough to rejoice! Jesus paid our debt, set us free, offers us mercy, grace. Through him we know we can face each and every day.
No problem is too big, too hard, to painful for God to bring us through it when we place our trust, our hearts in His loving hands. For we know that:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Smile, know the Lord loves you, for…
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24)