Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.
Is it easier to give thanks when things are good? I think so. It is certainly an "easier sell" to proclaim greatness when you are on the winning side of the equation. Of course, the challenge is then how to define "winning." If the cancer has come back…I pause and wonder what do I say when I "let the whole world know what he has done." I don't think I believe God gave me cancer…either time…or indeed if it has come back. But, I do have to adjust my thinking. When I hear, write, say the verse "Let the whole world know…" I kick in to sales mode….and I find myself baffled by how I would let the world know…does that mean that maybe deep down I blame God. I don't like to think so. But it wouldn't be "a position of strength" that I'd be selling from. As you can tell my nature as a press secretary comes out when evaluating these verses. I remember a study with Lysa Terkurst and the "aha" moment of understanding I don't have to praise God for illness…but I can praise Him for being God in all situations…good or bad. So I know this…but I guess I don't feel confident to tell others. If the cancer is back…I certainly don't see that as a wonderful deed…but I still know that God holds it in his hand. And more to the point…if the answer from the doctor tomorrow is yes it's back…I know that I need God's strength to get through.
There are so many thoughts that run through my head. Most I am ashamed to voice…because I feel by thinking them, feeling them and then giving voice to them I'm being weak and disobedient.
Perhaps, by focusing on one issue, one bad thing…I miss the bigger picture and therefore the answer…that God is God…no matter what…and his love covers us.