Firestarter: “Thank you, God, I guess…”

By Nate LaClaire —  November 23, 2010 — 6 Comments

“Thank you, God, I guess…”

When was the last time you said those words? How about this: when was the last time that your actions said those words? Last week I caught myself thinking essentially that very thought as I was looking through two weeks’ worth of mail and realized that I hadn’t missed a single bill or anything else of great import. I thanked God for protecting me from a seemingly little thing (my own procrastination, fueled by miserable road conditions), but then it occurred to me: there’s no money in my mailbox, either. Not that I was expecting any – most of my payments from clients are coming electronically right now – but this fact occurred to me and disappointed me. Also, there was this part of me that worried that perhaps something that I should have received hadn’t arrived. You know, like:

“It’s a gift, and a curse.”

God never gives us anything without taking something else away, right? And when He gives us a “break,” it’s just a well-disguised trial, correct? No, those statements are both wrong, and yet we often behave that way.

“You mean my car doesn’t need any repairs for an inspection sticker? Now I don’t dare make my next stop…”

God’s gifts come with no fine print and, as importantly, we are to praise Him even when there is some pain that accompanies a blessing. Why is it wrong to think “thank you, God, I guess…”? That’s simple: even if the good turns into a “bad,” we can rest in the knowledge that, ultimately, it’s still good. I don’t need to wonder if an important letter was misdirected because, if it was, it was all part of God’s plan. That doesn’t mean that I’ll enjoy the consequences, but He has it under control.

How about you? When did you last think, “Thank you, God, I guess…”?

Nate LaClaire

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Nate LaClaire is a Christian millennial web developer and entrepreneur who writes about faith, life, and intentional living. He is lead developer at Home Building Estimates and owner of Netwalker Internet Services.
  • Russell

    Great food for thought Nate. I own an Adrian Rogers legacy Bible, and I absolutely love it. He has such great insight. In Mark he has a quote, “Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm”. This is applied to Mark 4:39. With Jesus in the boat with us, what could we possibly fear? With each passing day I pray that this will become reality for me. Someday I hope to become the servant He has foreseen in me. God Bless!!!

    • Thanks for sharing that, Russell! That’s a great observation!

  • Joanna Hoyt

    I can’t say with confidence that everything that happens is for the best; but I do know that whatever happens, God is still with us. That’s enough. I know it’s enough; sometimes I even feel as if it’s enough.

    • Hey, Joanna! Thanks for sharing. I understand and agree with your statement that it is enough that God is still with us and that sometimes you even feel as if it’s enough. It can be hard to feel that it is enough even though you know it. However, I do want to address the first part. I say with confidence that everything that happens is for the best (whether or not I can recognize it at the time when it happens) because of a couple of verses:
      Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (quoting from ESV)
      2 Corinthians 4:15 – All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. (quoting from NIV 2010)

  • That’s so true, man! We often times get so wrapped up in our silly little worlds that we forget that we belong to something waaaaaaaaaaay bigger than ourselves. Way bigger. And that ultimately, we have a father who loves us. As he says, even evil fathers know how to give good gifts to their kids. How much more the best Father of them all?