My wife has been having some health struggles lately. Serious struggles.
This is on top of a life that’s above average on the crazy difficult scale of late. Work has been harder than it’s ever been, and I’m not wearing the stress very well (at least until my recent vacation). And even when I was in school, I was able to make it through because Theresa kept things running at home when I wasn’t able to find the attention span.
And when life is at a pace where I’m tempted to give up and say “I can’t take it anymore” God has added this to the pile too. When I’m saying “no more” God says “actually, this too.”
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
If you look up the word “all” in your concordance the Greek word there mean (wait for it) “all.” Give thanks in ALL circumstances for this is God’s will for your life. This one too? Yup. Give thanks for everything.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not hard or that you can handle it. There’s another all to remember in 1Peter 5:
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Cast all your cares on Him. There’s not a single one you should try to carry on your own.
If you’re anything like me you forget that. Pretty much every day. I try to handle it on my own. And God’s the One who handles it. And you’re thinking, again if you’re like me, do I cast this anxiety or care onto Jesus too? And what does He answer? Yes…this too.
His burden is light, and yours is hard. And He wants to trade.
And this is why you can give thanks in all things: because every hard thing He sends your way is a reminder that He’s got this and that He wants to take it off your back. So let Him. Walk in His grace, giving thanks for the hardest of the hard, and He’s got this. This too.