As I am writing this article the snow is glistening in the sunshine after a week of ice and snow and another storm is on the horizon! For many, this is disheartening. We are not used to these kind of winter events! Even the lake has ice on it! It has me reflecting on the broader aspect of things—what do we do when life throws us a curve? When events that we didn’t see coming or events that we have no control over whatsoever, are happening.
It can be very easy to get discouraged and anxious about things. Yet, in these times we need to turn to the Bible to give us encouragement and help. The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-8, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the Peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
What great advice! We can allow our minds to bring great discouragement or can look around us and see the beauty of our surroundings, the preciousness of those in our lives, and the goodness of God to keep us in all circumstances! It is good to give thanks when life throws us a curve! Things are not always joyful, but we can rejoice in the God who loves us and makes all things beautiful in His time.