If you’re having a hard time answering that question, you are not alone.
Some people feel that they don’t have much to be grateful for during the pandemic because of its impact on their health, jobs, and relationships. These days, it takes tremendous strength to be grateful and say, “Thank God.”
So, how do we hold on to gratitude even when times are tough?
Angie Garcia’s story is here to inspire you.
One day, Angie woke up with an excruciating pain on her left knee. Brushing it off as a simple leg pain, she endured it for two months until she couldn’t take it any longer.
When they rushed to the hospital, Angie found out that she had a torn ligament which required her to undergo an emergency surgery.
Suffering in physical pain, Angie was also mentally distressed about where she would get the surgery fee amounting to Php 100,000.
“It was painful. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t move. All I could do was pray, ‘Please, Lord. I’ve had enough. This would’ve been my 11th surgery, so I didn’t want to go through it,’” lamented Angie.
Like Angie, have you ever come to a point when you’re frustrated about your situation?
How did you overcome it?
At her breaking point, Angie chanced upon The 700 Club Asia and the hosts were praying for someone who has a torn ligament. Deep down, she knew that the prayer was for her.
Angie joined the prayer without second thought. She remembered to trust God and thank Him for her life. She thanked him for the healing that she is yet to experience.
Angie recalled, “I prayed, ‘Lord, thank You! I claim that I will be healed!”
And it happened.
Angie felt instant healing right after the prayer. She immediately texted the program and expressed her gratitude, “I told them, ‘Thank you for your prayers.’ Then I claimed healing of my torn ligament.’”
Brimming with excitement, Angie went to have her knee checked by the doctor again. To her doctor’s surprise, Angie’s knee was well and healed!
“My doctor told me that my condition looked even better than before!” Angie said while smiling.
How about you, how do you remain thankful when you are going through a suffering?
Angie chose to thank God even before she received healing. She chose to believe that God is greater than her current circumstances. She chose to trust that He will always carry her through.
“The joy in my heart comes from the Lord. That’s the most important thing for me. The joy in my heart, His healing, His provision… everything — big or small— comes from Him. And I would like to thank Him for that,” Angie ended.
What are you grateful for today?
Being thankful isn’t easy in times of suffering. It takes faith to look beyond your current situation and look to God — the one who is in control of everything.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV)
If you are seeking God’s grace and comfort during these trying times, listen to “2AM Wide Awake,” an inspirational song by Neo Rivera and Jericho Arceo! The song is produced by Reverb Worship PH, CBN Asia’s music arm.
Watch the lyric video visualizer of 2AM Wide Awake on YouTube or stream it on all digital streaming platforms worldwide.