The Psalmist declares in Psalm 100:
Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness: Come before him with joyful songs, Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us and we are his; we are his people the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Sometimes we simply don’t feel like it! The fact is, sometimes our feelings are deceptive. Sometimes it feels like all of life is bad. Sometimes it feels like everything in life is perfect. All of us probably understand that neither is true all of the time. Most of life can be characterized by a little bit of bad mixed in with a whole lot of good. I contend it is all about perspective, which is something we struggle with when we don’t get our way or we get too much of “our way.” We need to be careful about depending too heavily upon our feelings because they can cloud our perspective. Feelings aren’t bad and they shouldn’t be avoided, they just need to be kept in perspective. Most of my counseling with others tends to involve helping people gain a wider or greater perspective.
I believe that positive events in my life are more powerful than negative events in my life. The problem is I don’t always feel that way. When my “feeler” gets stuck I have to rely on what I know more than what I feel. What I know is that the Lord is good and His love endures forever.
When my “feeler” gets stuck I try to see the things I may be overlooking. Normal everyday occurrences, people, places and things that perhaps are so normal we take them for granted. Maybe things like your funny bone. I mean, when you knock your elbow against something you get this weird little feeling. It’s painful, but it’s not like normal pain when you hurt yourself. Isn’t God neat to think of something like a funny bone? I think God has a great sense of humor. God is good. I thought to myself, I bet no one has probably ever given thanks for their funny bone.
What about dimples? I wonder why some people have dimples and others don’t. Is there like a string inside your cheek pulling the skin back so as to make a small dent? I have a few and I think they are kind of neat. God is good. I thought to myself, I bet no one ever gave thanks for dimples. What about fingernails or toenails? Where in the world do they come from? You cut them off, they grow back. You rip them off, they grow back. You can bite them, gnaw on them, file on them, paint on them, and just do all kinds of things to them, yet they never go away. They just keep coming back. God is good. I thought to myself, I bet no one ever gave thanks for fingernail or toe nails.
The body is really a mysterious thing. It all just fits together: organs and blood, skin and bones, all working together to keep us alive. We start out as a seed too tiny to see with the naked eye. We are carried around inside our mother’s body for nine months as we grow. We go from the womb into life in a matter of seconds. We begin to grow. Everything about us just keeps getting bigger. We are uniquely and divinely made in the image of God, no two people are alike. We are created in the image of the Creator; formed in our mother’s womb; known by God before we knew ourselves. God is so good to us. I thought to myself, how often do we give thanks for our bodies? And it seems to me that we overlook many of the blessings of life regularly. Remember: “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”