Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankful, Even in the Lions' Den

Photo Credit, David Niblack,

When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, 
he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber
open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees
three times a day and prayed and gave thanks
before his God, as he had done previously. 
Daniel 6:10 ESV

My family is going through a difficult time, and my daughters and I have had a hard time keeping our eyes on God instead of everything that's going on around us. On Sunday our pastor preached a lesson about being thankful despite our circumstances, and I was feeling convicted because I’m not doing such a great job at that.

Then my daughter motioned for me to lean over so she could tell me something. She whispered, “Today in Sunday school we talked about Daniel and the lions. He praised God even when it looked like he wasn’t going to get out. I think we should do that too---praise God. Because it’s kind of like we’re in a lions’ den.”

If I hadn’t already gotten the message, my daughter’s insight made it super clear. My job is to focus on God and let Him figure out my circumstances. That’s easier said than done, but it’s something I’m going to be meditating on and learning while I celebrate the holiday where being thankful takes center stage.

Pray: Father, thank you for being kind and loving enough to make sure I understand what you’re trying to communicate to me, and thank you for sharing truth with my child in a way that she can easily understand. You are so good. Help us to trust you while we wait for you to intervene in our situation like you did for Daniel. Thank you for the precious gift of your Son and for the privilege of being able to come to you with everything that concerns me. Amen.

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