For sometime now, life has been extremely challenging in my family. The kind of frustration we get when “nothing” we try seem to get anywhere.
The area in which our life is not “filled” becomes the empty tin. The emptiness becomes noisy so much so that it out-shouts the other filled areas in our life. When this happens, all our attention is arrested by the noise the “emptiness” produces. The result is that we fail to recognise and acknowledge the things we should be grateful for.
Sometimes, a small empty tin in our life can make so much noise until we don’t notice the big filled tin in our life.
This is why people who would only want to thank God for substances may fail to thank Him in circumstances.
Even if we fail to get something to thank God for—and this is a weakness on our side because there is always something—we are still expected to thank God in whatever situation we are:
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.
We must not allow something that hasn’t gone our way rob us of the contentment we need to derive from the things God has fulfilled in our life.
If we look carefully; listen attentively, and investigate thoroughly, we’ll find that there are things that are “full” in our life, only that by virtue of their being full, they don’t make loud noises.
------------------------------ Author’s Note:
1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV, bold, author’s emphasis).