“Life is accepting what is and working from that.” ~ Gloria Naylor, African American novelist and educator
The Apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy makes this statement: “Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with Thanksgiving.”
He was specifically referencing food in this passage. Some people thought it was permissible to eat certain foods, and others thought it was sinful. Paul’s point was that we get easily distracted by the nuances of life, and forget to thank the Creator for everything He has provided for us.
Our Eternal Good
I don’t think we are expected to be thankful per se for our divorce. But we can be thankful for what God is going to do with it for our eternal good. Divorce grieves God’s heart, just as much as it grieves ours. In fact, He designed marriage to be an everlasting covenant. But God has also granted us free will, and sometimes people exercise that freedom by making decisions that cause extreme pain.
We can’t do anything about other’s wrong decisions. But we can choose to be thankful because the big picture is that God has promised to use every single thing in our life for our good and His glory. Period.
So the key seems to be accepting what happened, and letting God use what happened. Like Gloria Naylor says, “Life is accepting what is,” and I would add, and letting God work from that. He will. In fact, He is already. Accept whatever it is today. Then celebrate and be thankful for what God is doing with it.
“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 3:16-18 (The Message)