"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:18
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
Yesterday, my older son asked about insurance deductibles and the difference between copays, deductibles, and out of pocket maximums. He fell and we were discussing After Hours Appt, Urgent Care, the ER, and their associated costs (he’s fine by the way). He even asked if insurance companies ever make any money (bless his 14-year-old heart).
He then asked if we had ever reached our out of pocket maximum. I told him we had when his father had cancer. I then got really excited and said to him, “Your brother was in the hospital TWICE that same year, had an ambulance trip, and it was all FREE! We were so blessed that it happened the same year Dad had cancer.” My statement startled me. I was happy for cancer? No. Was I excited my younger son had to be hospitalized twice in 3 months? No. Was I happy all those unfortunate events happened the same year to minimize the financial strain? Absolutely. “Give thanks in all things.” I am so thankful the cancer is gone and the asthma is under control. I am able to acknowledge God was with us during that time. Equally important, at a time when I was stressed and burned-out, my church family showed up for me in a way I didn’t expect (I should have, that’s on me). God blessed me with the insight I needed at the time and gave me a real-world example of “in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”
Are you able to see the good in a tough situation?
If not, are you able to have 20/20 hindsight to see the good?
Have you allowed your church family to show up for you?