We are conditioned to be grateful when we receive something we have been anticipating for some time. When an opportunity suddenly becomes available to us when there seemed to be no way out, the ‘thank you’ resonates in your mind and heart such that your lips can’t help but to keep uttering it.
When you survive a near-death experience such as a terrifying accident scare, you suddenly become aware of how precious life is and how grateful you are to have made it out of the experience unscathed.
But what do we do when ‘nothing’ happens? Sure, some of us do well to appreciate the protection and provision we enjoy and remind ourselves to keep doing so.
As human as we are, when the events in our lives become routine, we tend to lose the awe in the miracle of ‘nothing happening’, become familiar with it and eventually feel entitled to it. We are only jolted back into gratitude mode when we hear bad news occurring on our familiar grounds, too close to home.
It is about time we made gratitude a ‘regardless of’ attitude of just a ‘because of’ testimony. For all for the ‘nothings’ that happen each day, we should be consciously thankful.
For the food poisoning that didn’t happen although the vendor and the food looked suspicious;
For the safe arrival to work, school and home although the bus had faulty gears and shaky tires;
For still keeping your job though your colleagues tried framing you of a misconduct worthy of dismissal;
For your home that didn’t burn down though the gas had leaked and had filled the kitchen;
For the marriage still standing after all what the ‘enemies in disguise’ tried to do to break it;
For your child returning home from school each day safely even when kidnappers are out and about;
For your baby being alive and well even after rolling and falling off and hitting the head on the floor;
For waking up after a night’s sleep in good spirits even after having a terrible nightmare;
For all the nothings that happened and gave you your usual ‘long and uneventful’ day;
Say thank you to the One who holds the world in His hands;
When thanksgiving becomes a lifestyle,
Goodness and mercy will be your covering,
Challenges are seen as faith boosters
And breakthroughs as expected as the sunrise and sunset
How many miracles of nothing can you count? How grateful are you of them?
© Josephine Amoako 2019