Thankful for trials and tribulations

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CENTIA JACKSON
GUEST COLUMNIST

Editor’s Note: Centia shared the following sentiments during the Thanksgiving Day Service at Tubman-King Baptist Church in Daytona Beach.

Usually this time of year, we start to reflect on life and the things we are thankful for.

When Rev. Long asked me if I would be one of the speakers I was at a loss for words.

(Which if you know me…I’m never at a loss for words)  I began to think to myself; what am I thankful for?  Of course I’m thankful for my relationship with God, family, real friends, health and a job, but I felt like that didn’t truly capture what I was feeling this year.

Where I am today
Then it hit me when I was talking to Joe.  We were discussing life and he looks at me and says “If I didn’t go through everything I went through, then I wouldn’t be where I am right now.”  There’s a level of wisdom in that sentence.  How often do we think to ourselves that life’s situations, be it good or bad, have attributed to the people we are today? That’s why this year I am truly thankful for my trials and tribulations.  That’s right!  I said my trials and tribulations.  Without them, I would never understand the power that my God possesses.

He can do it again
Think about the children of Israel.  If they aren’t slaves in Egypt, then they don’t witness the ten plagues.  They don’t see the parting of the Red Sea.  They aren’t guided by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night.  They aren’t fed with bread that rains down from heaven.  When I think about that, I get excited!  It makes me think of Tye Tribbett’s song “Same God.” The lyrics say: “If He did it before, He can do it again.  Same God right now, same God back then.”

That line alone should be enough to make you shout, but if that didn’t get you going then how about this.  It means that if God can send ten plagues to Egypt, then He can surely bless your finances.  If He can part the Red Sea, then He can definitely work out the craziness in your home.  If He can guide the Israelites with a pillar of cloud and fire, then He can absolutely take care of any turmoil on the job.  And if He can make bread rain from the heavens, then He can beyond any shadow of a doubt provide whatever you need.

Be grateful
So the next time you are going through something, don’t get upset or depressed.  Be grateful and know that your God is about to show up and show out.

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