Lately I have been learning that it is in the midst of struggle that Jesus’s character is revealed. I am often drawn to a verse in 1 Thessalonians 5. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances.” I began to pray through a struggle of, “Lord, how do I give thanks when this + this + this (insert negative circumstances) is happening?” And as I prayed through this, Jesus revealed to me that for so long, I was throwing myself a pity party + I had failed to recognized + appreciate His goodness, His kindness, His grace, His genuine love.
There is so much beauty in Jesus’s character + so often, we allow ourselves to be blinded by our circumstances + we fail to see/appreciate simply who He is. Time + time again I have fallen so short, but His grace is so much greater than my imperfection. He continues to draw near to our souls even in the midst of imperfection, doubt, + fear. He overwhelms our imperfections with His constant grace, our doubt with confidence, + our fears with peace. His holiness annihilates our indifference and in all of that, there’s a whole lot to be thankful for.