’tis the season of football playoffs and bowls. It is, in some ways, quite heartening to see athletes give thanks following “big plays.” But let’s be honest here. Aren’t these the easy times to “give thanks.” We’re really good at that… giving thanks during the good times. It’s the icing on the cake.
These aren’t the times when we most need God, however. Icing isn’t what sustains us.
God’s provision and His grace are with us all the time, good or bad.
During the good times, it is the source of joy.
During the not so good times, God’s provision and grace are the source of hope. They give us reason to continue the journey.
We don’t see it much… not like the athlete who bows to prayer after a touchdown. But aren’t provision and grace… hope… at least as worthy of thanks as is the icing on the cake?
Alive in the Word