“I’m Thankful I Was Robbed”
A man stole the wallet of the Bible commentator Matthew Henry. As he reflected on the incident, Henry said, “Let me be thankful, first, because he never robbed me before; second, because although he took my purse, he did not take my life; third, because although he took all I possessed, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.” Unquestionably, Henry’s attitude is one we need, particularly this year.
As 2020 began, we probably had many plans for our lives. Perhaps there were graduations to be celebrated, vacations to exotic places, and many other family celebrations on our calendars. By the beginning of March, however, things turned bleak and we all had to postpone or cancel our planned engagements altogether. While many missed walking the aisle to receive their diploma or to join their life to their new spouse, others had the sad and painful reality of not being able to walk down the aisle for their loved one’s funeral. We hear statistics that reveal the divorce rate is growing in many parts of the world and that abuse is increasing in many homes. The pandemic has affected our lives in ways we never imagined.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we’d like to invite you to develop a Matthew Henry attitude. Perhaps we can reframe what has taken place this year and turn it from a negative to a blessing. For instance, we may say: While I was not able to attend my graduation, still I finished my studies, received my diploma, and am continuing to pursue my dreams.Others might say: While we were not able to enjoy the vacation we had planned, we have been able to spend lots of quality time with our family which sometimes our work or school does not afford us. Or we may even consider: While I was not able to be at my loved one’s funeral, I will always have them in my memories as I ponder the good times we did enjoy together. Now, they rest pain free until Jesus returns and gives us the best family reunion ever.