From Why to Thank You

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“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:18

“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Psalm 62:8

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Why God?” I asked the Lord one morning about my whereabouts. Yes, about where I was.

I was clear He had brought me where I was. I was not clear about why. I thought I had known before I arrived. But once I arrived, I realized I did not. And it wasn’t easy like I had thought it would be. It didn’t turn out the way I had expected. So I was caught up in why. Why God?

But that’s not all. I was moaning. Whining. Whimpering like a puppy wanting something. Wanting something different, in my case. At the very least, to know why. At best, to be elsewhere. Or for things to be different where I was anyway. Couldn’t I at least know why? Wouldn’t I feel better then? Didn’t I have the right? To know why? Surely?

Then I did something unexpected. It came quickly. Certainly not on my own. Because not so very long ago, I wouldn’t have even considered this. I said this. Only the Spirit of God could have prompted me to do so.

“Thank you God,” I told Him.

From why to thank you.

Who am I to demand that I know? I can ask God. I can cry out to Him. But who am I to demand? If He wanted to make clear to me His reason, He would have. Or still might. But it wasn’t for me to make God. He is God! He is Lord!

No matter what His reason was anyway, the truth was this. I needed to be trusting. And I needed to be thankful. Because He is God! Because He is Lord! Because I am a believer in Jesus. And a follower of Jesus. And in love with Jesus. And living for Jesus. And belong to Jesus.

Why God?

Thank you God.

What a transition. What a transformation. A big change for someone like me. Who has spent so much of my life complaining and whining. Changed by God. By the very Spirit of God. Through the very Word of God. From why to thank you.

Who was I to question God? He always knows best. What I needed to be doing was trusting and thanking Him and believing He would lead me forward no matter what in His love and strength for His amazing awesome glory.

Thank you Lord.
No matter your reasons.
I choose to trust you.
For you are God!
For you are Lord!
And I am yours!
Lead me Father in your ways.
Lead me Lord in your will.
Lead me Lord for your glory.
No matter your reason.
If you reveal it to me or not.
No matter what it feels like to be where I am.
I am yours.
And I say this Lord.
THANK YOU FATHER!
You always know what is best.
You are the best.
You are my God! My Lord! My King! My Savior!
Thank you Lord for your perfect will regardless of whether I know why, regardless of whether or not I understand, I place my trust in you.
And say thank you, Jesus, thank you.
You know the way. You are the way.
Help me to follow you faithfully with a thankful heart.
Oh Lord, thank you, AMEN!

Some people say other people’s prayers. That was my prayer that morning. Instead of saying mine, I encourage you to cry out to the Lord with your own.

Wondering why? There is nothing wrong with asking God why, is there? But it’s up to Him whether or how He will answer. Is it not most important that we choose to trust Him – and to be thankful?

From why to thank you.

No matter what, let’s do this. Let’s be thankful. For He is Lord. AMEN!

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