Some sections of Charles Spurgeons's devotional book, Morning and Evening, from July 21:
Can you answer this, believer? Can you find any reason why you are mourning instead of rejoicing?...Don't you know that day follows night, that flood comes after ebb, that spring and summer succeed winter? Hope then! Hope always! For God does not fail you. Don't you know that your God loves you in the midst of all this?...Cause the desert to ring with your exulting joys, for these light afflictions will soon be over, and then "forever with the Lord" your bliss shall never wane.
I found these parts encouraging and convicting. I realize that I am complaining every time something inconveniences me and my day. This sounds weird to me but we need to be thankful even when things happen that aren't in our will. I can think of numerous things that happened today that didn't go the way I wanted them to go and my first and automatic reaction is to whine. I don't want to complain because Ian's not fully with us and can't do what we always use to do together, I should be thankful that he's even here. We should be thankful that we are saved and can find peace with God. "Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). I have heard David and Mr. Altrogge (our pastor) give thankful words to God whenever something "went wrong." That is great a example to set for others. That is something that I am driving to accomplish just once.
And don't forget, Jesus didn't complain, let's do the same.
"Can you find any reason why you are mourning instead of rejoicing?...Cause the desert to ring with your exulting joys..."
Pray that God would help Ian, especially, to be at peace and not to complain.