Counterintuitive Thankfulness

"I am training you to thank Me not only for obvious blessings but also for situations you would never have chosen - a wayward child or spouse; loss of health, home, or employment.  This is counterintuitive thankfulness, and it is possible only to the extent that you trust Me at a deep level.  It is also a matter of self-discipline; willing yourself to thank Me even when your circumstances are screaming at you to find a way out.  Though it is wise to look for ways to improve your situation, you cannot force My hand - or My timing.  Just keep coming into My Presence with thanksgiving.  Your persistent thankfulness may actually provide the long-awaited key I will use to unlock major difficulties in your life.  Giving thanks to Me can open doors in ways that transcend your understanding."

- Sarah Young, author of Jesus Today