(Kathy Gabler)—Stay Still had been only the first instruction. The second was, Stay Thankful. That seemed somewhat of a contradictory challenge because it involved facing the troubling again that I had turned from to get still. Sometimes we can simply walk forward and leave past conditions behind, but this time I had to go back to find where I had exchanged or laid aside my, ‘Thank you, Lord’. Genuine thankfulness required that I go back and find God’s goodness and mercy and presence and purpose there among the unanswered prayers and unchanged issues. This time I could not wallow in my emotions but rather stand separate from them and find God in the mix. I gathered the truths out of the rubble. Even in the unchanging daily grind, He was there and aware because He is God. He was looking out for me during the struggles and fears because His love for me is constant. He had good plans for the outcome of each concern because He is good. He would never leave me to Trouble’s threats or whims because He is faithful. I had to look again to see Him there, and to see Him there reminded me that He is aware and He is good and He is faithful. That made me thankful.