Last month, California’s prayers were answered. After years of water shortages and dry weather, the sky opened up and rain began to fall. And fall. Within weeks, approximately 80% of the state’s historic drought had ended. Californians, however, soon found themselves drowning in their blessings. As the soil became saturated and the streets flooded, many people grew frustrated with the very thing they had asked God to send.
Being unappreciative of God’s gifts is not unusual. Just take a look at our daily lives. We yearn for children, but lament the active toddler or trying teenager. We ask God for shelter, but despise the never-ending housework. We pray for a steady paycheck, but can’t stand our co-workers. From the beloved spouse we argue with to the dinner we don’t want to cook, we often have a tendency to take life’s blessings for granted.
Much has been said about the need to have an “attitude of gratitude.” And honestly, who doesn’t want to be grateful for everything they have? Unfortunately, it is easy to lose sight of the positive when faced with the negative. No matter how hard we try to fight them off, bad thoughts can creep in. Because of this, we need to intentionally find something to be thankful for in each situation we face – no matter how bad it is.
Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” The next time you are frustrated while cleaning the toilet or sitting in traffic, remember that many of these circumstances are the result of your answered prayers.
VantagePoint Church meets at Roosevelt High School on Sundays at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 11 a.m.