Thanksgiving, a day to ponder upon everything that the Lord has blessed us with. Most of us are thankful more than just once a year for our wonderful families, our homes, the nation in which we live, and even for our jobs. But, as we sit around the table salivating over that beautiful brown, tasty bird will there be a thought to thank the Lord for our trials, for those thorns in the flesh?

The apostle Paul may not have been thankful, but he did learn to be content in what these trials were trying to accomplish in his life. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.  (2 Cor 12:9-10)

I know, I know, it sure sounds great when you read it from Paul’s perspective, but the truth is still the same for us. Our Lord Jesus loves us so much that He also brings things into our lives that will make us have to trust Him more, to grow us more. To remind us that when we recognize our total dependence upon our Savior, that is when we really have strength. So, as we sit around the table, or alone in our devotions, remember to thank and praise the Lord for all of these things, including those thorns and trials because in and through them He is making us something wonderful.

Happy Thanksgiving!