All of us are aware by now that one of our most beloved couples here at Midvalley Bible Church was involved in a serious automobile accident. Last Sunday afternoon as Jim and Pauline Thacher were returning home from Church and dinner with some wonderful Christian friends from Church, they were struck at an intersection by a car that ran a red light. Providentially, their lives were spared. Both were taken to Intermountain Hospital in serious condition. Jim remains in ICU and Pauline has been taken to a Health Care Facility (Holladay Health Care Center, 4782 Holladay Blvd E, Holladay, UT 84117).
No doubt many of us are wondering why God would allow this to happen. And yet I'm reminded that one of the most important lessons to learn - and an evidence of maturity in our walk with God - is the following: The believers who impact others the most are not those who respond with an "attitude of gratitude" when life is going well, but those who respond with sincere thankfulness when life is turned upside down.
We may not like where we are, or where others may be, but we need to always remember where we are going, that God loves us and that He is in control.
A hard admonition to follow is found in I Thessalonians 5:18: "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." How we respond in the midst of hardship and trials can have a profound impact on others - especially the unbelievers. All of us know how to handle life when everything goes right and life's road is straight and easy. But when others see us as believers responding with an attitude of thanks while going through life's toughest trials, that's when we can best communicate the person of Jesus Christ and how much He means to us.
Please hear me carefully: I'm not suggesting it is easy - But what is most important is that we not question God's ways, nor have a spirit of bitterness and anger.
When the bombshells of life hit, it is then that we have the greatest opportunity to not only display but also share Christ! People will listen as we share our faith and our deep and abiding trust in a God who is totally in control!
Let's use this nasty curve on the road of life to display and share a life of faith.