By Elizabeth Prata
These times have become chaotic, disruptive, and perplexing. It helps to concentrate on Jesus in daily life. Intentionally concentrate. To do this, I find ways to purposely thank Him, this keeps His name and focus in front of my eyes like phylactery. Where Paul says he has “learned” to be content, for me, gratitude is one way I can learn to be content. I translate the day’s events into a lesson that includes gratitude (among other things), so as to propel my sanctification in cooperation with the Spirit.
I’m not writing this because I’m so super duper, or holier than thou. In fact, the opposite. have to, must, work on ways to not let days slip by without a nod to the Shepherd of my Soul, and I easily can. I can get lazy, apathetic, and selfish in a heartbeat.
The Lord is so, so, so kind. My car sounded funny and the engine light blinked but I prayed and He got me to church and back without incident. My washer broke and he got me a new-to-me one within days. I was nearing $0.00 money and He sent me a donation.
He provides for my temporal upkeep. I don’t want my gratitude to focus only on the things He provides for me that I can see. Gratitude is more than that. He hears my pitiful prayers for strength when I look around and become weak with fear. He delivers grace when I stumble into sin and have to repent. He stands me upright when I faint from persevering. He is my all in all, my in and out.
Relying on Jesus for everything temporal and spiritual is hard. But I don’t do it alone. The Holy Spirit in me is my infrastructure. The mediating Priest in heaven is my power. The sovereignty of God above is my solace. Without the Triune God, I am nothing.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5).
With the Triune God, He is everything.