Nov 30th, 2021
The Secret Sauce: Be Thankful in All Circumstances
By: Drew Metcalfe
2 minute read 

Psalm 23:1-3a The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. (ESV)

When looking at how thankfulness is portrayed in the Bible, no two books are as instrumental as Job and Psalm. These two books are real, unabashed outpourings of two men venturing through life and trying to do it with the attitudes the Lord instilled in them. Inevitably, both books cover a spectrum of emotion, challenge, and circumstance that helps illustrate that thankfulness is an intentional posture towards life, in all circumstances.

Following a big day of eating like we all have probably had recently (or may still be having), nothing beats a good rest. A feet-propped, no-worries-in-the-world kind of rest. A topic that has been frequently coming up in my conversations recently is what God promises us regarding rest. Oftentimes, I find myself reading scriptures like Psalm 23:1-3 and substituting words. I think we do that more often than we are willing to admit in Scripture, but those subtle and innocent variables can drastically change what our heart hears. For example, Matthew 11:28 says, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, so that I might give you rest. Right? No, wait.. Jesus says, “You WILL find rest” (NIV). “I WILL give you rest” (ESV).

We can rely on true, biblical, divine rest when we approach our Father to receive it. If you’re like me, when you read Psalm 23:1-3a, you picture quaint green pastures and still waters and chalk the whole concept up as a great goal. “Man! Hopefully I have time soon to ask God to lead me to the still waters and green pastures for some rest and restoration.” I need a daily reminder that the rest God offers is always available, and available to me. That peaceful feeling of seeing the leaves turn colors, the weather garnering a little briskness in the mornings, birds and squirrels skittering about… that’s the prelude to the green pastures and still waters that He wants to lead us towards for rest. 

When we approach each day intentionally thankful, I believe we start to see creation for what it is—the beautiful expression of the creativity the Lord has—and it allows us to take the place He always intended for us: Him leading us, through His creation, to rest.

Today, consider the world around you and the intricacies of the creation you see daily. Start to take notice, and thank the Lord for the way He is present in the creation around you daily, as a reminder that His divine rest is for you.

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