Heavy-Hearted, Yet Still Thankful

“The Lord Gives, and The Lord takes away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.”- Job 1:21

Many of us have already put up the Christmas tree, turned on the Hallmark movies, and began our Christmas baking. 

Our family has already put up our tree, we haven’t yet put up any other decorations. I don’t intend to skip over or make light of Thanksgiving. This year, I feel the Lord is asking me to look at my blessings daily and teach our boys to recognize just how blessed they are. 

2020 has been an odd year. No matter your political stance or perception of the pandemic, we are all in need of a little extra cheer.

Are we so concerned with fast-forwarding to Christmas that we are overlooking the blessings God has already bestowed upon us? 

Many of you may be in a season of suffering. Maybe you’ve lost loved ones, lost your job, or you’ve been unable to worship within the walls of your church. You might be reading this and are thinking, “What do I have to be thankful for?”

I want to remind you that God is sovereign over all. He is good when it rains and He is good when the sun shines. 

We can learn a lot about thankfulness from Job. 

In the book of Job, God grants Satan permission to attack Job, who is one of God’s most faithful believers. Satan believes, however, that Job is only faithful to God because he is blessed so greatly. So God, being almighty and all knowing, allows Satan to attack Job and to take away many of the most important things in his life. 

After some bad advice from friends, Job questions God’s goodness. God lovingly corrects him by asking Job a series of questions that no man can ever answer. The only one who can answer is the Lord. 

Job comes to see that it isn’t our responsibility as believers to know why God allows suffering, but it is our responsibility as believers to know that God is sovereign  and that we can trust Him at all times.  

“Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” Job 42:1-3 

If you are having a hard time knowing what to be thankful for this year, try making a short list of 1-3 things each day. They can even repeat- that’s okay! My three things are:

1. My Lord Jesus Christ

 2. I am alive. Even on the hard days, even if my life resembled that of Job’s, it is no denying that life is a gift.

3. My husband and our boys. 

Lord, I pray that you are with each and every sister who reads these words today. Many of us are suffering. We are saddened. We are lost. We are broken. Please Lord, help those who feel as if they have nothing to be thankful for. Remind them of their blessings, no matter how small they may seem. A blessing is a blessing and it is surely great. Lord I pray for peace this month and in the upcoming months. You are the Prince of Peace and our redeemer. I pray for healing and love for each of these women, Lord. Remind them they are not alone. We thank you for this day. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Kal-le is a wife and mama living in beautiful West Virginia. She has a passion for worshipping Jesus, sharing God’s truth with others, and writing about her own personal sin struggles. Kal-le serves her family full-time at home where she aims to glorify God in the everyday moments of life. You can follow her on Instagram @mama__schrader.