Thanking in Adversity
by Danny Tariman
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Phil 4:6)
Our car conked-out in a far-away city, almost 70km from where we live.
I was with my family. We have no friends nor acquaintances in this place. And we have no one to run to, except to the LORD!
We stopped at about 6:15pm due to a broken engine belt. It was past 6pm and most, if not all, automotive shops were closed for the day. But we were still hoping to find one.
We prayed to the LORD and lifted up to Him our situation.
Despite this problem, we continued to thank the LORD.
We thank the LORD for a wonderful day at the beach! Yes, we had been from a beach.
We thank the LORD that we stopped not in the middle of a dark highway, but in the city, in a well-lighted road.
We thank the LORD for “Nomer” the tricycle driver who accompanied me in looking for an open shop as fast as he can, trying to beat the closing of shops. We went to over 5 shops – all closed!
We thank the LORD for “Noni” a café owner, who had extended his all-out help calling his friends from his mobile phone, and even knocking at his neighbors trying to help us resolve our situation.
We thank the LORD too for the complimentary coffee that “Noni” offered from his café.
We thank the LORD for the automotive shop near our stalled car for helping us; even contacting a car service provider to help us.
We thank the LORD for the mechanic who fixed our alternator belt; the LORD sent a skilled mechanic!
We thank the LORD for keeping us safe the entire night sleeping inside our stalled car.
We thank the LORD for bringing us back home safely!
As the Bible says “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” (Phil 4:4).
Yes, it was grace that despite the problems, we were able to say “Thank You LORD!”