- Laptop breaks
- Refrigerator stops working
- Dryer stops working
- Laptop isn't being covered under warranty
- Miscommunication leads to laptop not being delivered
- Dentist fees that should be covered weren't
All of these things are minor setbacks and frustrations toward a smooth day-to-day function. However, if we add these on to a major trial, such as a family member being admitted into hospice and given only a few weeks to live, these minor setbacks can become very trying.
After being on the phone for 30 minutes with an automated customer service and getting no where, I ended up in tears of frustration. Although I had every excuse to be rude to the actual person who finally picked up the phone after a failed attempt with the automated services, they weren't the person to blame. They are only doing what they have been trained to do and it is unfair to expect something more from them--especially when they could probably do nothing more than what they have already tried and most importantly, they have no idea what other hardships I'm dealing with.
However, I could expect more from the Lord. I could have a no-hold, no "I'm sorry, I can't do anything else" phrase, and no automated machine to speak with God. I can be reassured that I am heard, understood and taken care of through Christ. Because of God, I can see amazing neighbors who allowed us to use their fridge space so we didn't have to throw away a whole carton of eggs, we saw how well we were being taken care of by our landlords, we were able to see beautiful sunsets, receive free gift cards and have fees waived. But most importantly, we were able to see our families united in faith--aiding us each with peace, comfort and love from each other and from God.
I still have much to learn about showing gratitude and becoming more consistent and perfect in this trait; however, I have confidence that if I take the time to try, I can find gratitude towards Christ.
In Psalms 100, we read:
1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
I pray for you. The more hardships I face in this life, the more I understand that you do too. I may not understand what you are facing or begin to fathom how that is affecting you, but I do understand that you are going through something--and that something is very hard. I also know that God can understand what you are going through and how it is affecting you, because He has been there. He has gone through everything you face already and He has made it. He suffered and came out victorious for you. Give up your burdens and trust in Him to heal and comfort you. Trust in Him so that you may find peace in this life and be embraced in His unconditional love for you. I can't promise that He will take away these burdens. But I can promise you that you can find happiness, joy, peace and comfort here on Earth and forever in the Eternities if you give yourself to Him with all your might, mind and strength. May God be with you. And may you always have enough: enough to make it through one more day, enough to fold the laundry one more time, enough to kiss your spouse and love them one more day, enough to praise God one more time.
*Please share a time in the comments below on how God has given you strength to overcome a hardship you have faced. Through your experience, I know it will bless someone who is facing those challenges you have already faced by giving them hope, faith and understanding.