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The thing is, as we read in 1 Thessalonians, we ARE supposed to give thanks in ALL circumstances because it IS the will of God. Huh! That flat tire? God's will. That stomach flu? God's will. The alarm didn't go off this morning? God's will.
While we were visiting family in Minnesota and Wisconsin this past Christmas, we ran into the issue of weather being uncooperative. A four hour drive became a seven hour drive and we hadn't even reached out intended destination. But, we stayed with my husbands cousin, which was unplanned and ended up being one of our favorite nights of our trip! Did we have to reschedule our other plans? Yes. Did it mean shortening some of our other visits? Yes. But it was such a BLESSING, and it was easy to see God's hand in it right away.
It's not always easy to feel the joy in our life's derailments. It's not always easy to thank God when we aren't getting what we want. I'll often ask God to reveal his plan to me, or to give me peace when I find that we are looking at a Plan B situation, because I know I can't muster the gratefulness on my own. That's OKAY! God understands...even his own son asked at one point in the Garden of Gethsemane to have "the cup" taken from him.
I have found Pinterest to be a great source of Plan B and Plan C ideas. Slumber party game ideas, snacks to make with your kids, crafts made with household items, time-filler games are all great to search for and keep handy in case a friend is delayed, an travel plan is derailed, or someone becomes too sick to leave the house.
But...if none of that is possible, then try to take a deep breath and say a prayer like this:
Pray: Heavenly Father, I trust that you are working in this situation, and I believe that your will is good. I'm having trouble finding joy here, and I'm having trouble being thankful. Give me peace in my heart, and show me this situation from your perspective so I can reclaim my joy. Amen.