It's amazing to see the change in mood once Spring ticks over.
Reference: v.28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe (NIV Bible)
Explore: It's amazing how moods change when Winter turns into Spring. In the area of Australia that I live in, winter brings cold temperatures, short days and lots of rain. With the change of weather comes a change in mood. During winter people seem to be more melancholy and less likely to go out due to the cold and wet conditions. It's amazing to see the change in mood once Spring ticks over. All it takes is the temperature to rise by a couple of degrees and a few hours of blue sky and people become a great deal more cheerful.
Application: It's easy to become downcast when we feel life is serving us up wintery experiences. When our career hits a dead end, a relationship struggles or our health deteriorates it can be hard to lift up our heads and be thankful. And yet, if we were to really look at all that God is and all that He gives to us then we would not be able to do anything but be truly thankful. Now let's be honest, when we're in those difficult situations we don't look to God and give praise but He is still there and is still faithful.
Prayer: Lord, help me to look to You at all times. May I see past my own wintery experiences and notice the new life that I have in You. Amen.
What are you thankful to God for?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.