“Everything about which we are tempted to complain may be the very instrument whereby the Potter intends to shape His clay into the image of His Son–a headache, an insult, a long line at the check-out, someone’s rudeness or failure to say thank you, misunderstanding, disappointment, interruption. As Amy Carmichael said, ‘See in it a chance to die,’ meaning a chance to leave self behind…” (Elisabeth Elliot)
Or maybe how bout the entirety of 2020 up to this point? It has been one long disappointment for many, with so much delayed or denied. But to the one who knows and trusts Jesus, it could very well be a chance to die to self and find transformation and new hope again.
Instead of complaining, which is the normal human default, learn how to give thanks– even in the most difficult circumstances when the words are hardest to speak– because gratitude is God’s will for you, and because God still works ALL things together for good. Even 2020.