As thanksgiving approaches, we begin thinking of all the good things in our lives. We are thankful for family, friends, and our jobs. We think of our blessings, but have you ever been thankful for something that didn’t happen for you? Can you think back to a time in your life when you wanted something so bad? You thought about it all the time. You might have even prayed that God would allow this in your life. Maybe it was a relationship, job, buying a house, or something that you wanted to own. For whatever reason, it didn’t work out and you were disappointed.
I think all of us can look back on something that we really wanted and think “Wow, I am glad that didn’t work out. ” Think about how your life would be so different if that “want” would of happen. If we are really honest with ourselves, we realize that some of our “wants” were not good for us anyways. Maybe it would of put us in debt, created heartbreak, or kept us from experiencing current blessings in our lives.
For me, this is where faith comes in. I know God knows what I need more than I do, so if something doesn’t work out, I have to believe that it is for my own good. I think to myself that there must be something better for me in the future. This way of thinking gives me hope for the future and softens the feelings of disappointment.
Garth Brooks sang “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs; that just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care. Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”
So as we express our thanksgiving for all of our blessings remember to be thankful for the unanswered prayers too because they just might be blessings in disguise.