I’m vacuuming. I’m in the worst mood as I think about the day ahead (laundry, dishes, cleaning), so I beg God to send me relief from all this work.
Just then, the power goes out in our neighborhood.
I throw myself onto the bed. “Oh, great! I can’t even vacuum now because the power went out! What a horrible day! God, please let the power come back on so I can work!”
I imagine a great heavenly chuckle. What do you really want?
What do I really want? I have no idea.
What do I want, God? What do I really want?
The answer arrives: I want to be able to give thanks in all circumstances: work, rest, convenience, inconvenience, light, or darkness. Vacuuming or not. Thank you for the electricity, and thank you for a power outage.
Did you have an opportunity to give thanks to "all circumstances" today?