Parkinson’s & Thankfulness (Pt1)

The inspired Word of God says (1 Thess. 5:16-18), Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus for you.
I struggle with “in everything give thanks,” or “give thanks in all circumstances.” How do I do this with my wife’s PD? Am I supposed to thank God for giving her PD? Am I supposed to thank God for permitting her to have PD? “Thank you, God, for allowing my wife to have PD.” NO! It is not something good to give thanks for.
We do not give thanks for PD. It is evil. It is an effect of the curse of sin upon creation. Every disease is evil and an effect of the sin curse upon creation. We never give thanks for evil. We do not give thanks for diseases, tragedies, or death.
The good God only creates good. Genesis 1:31: And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
What are we giving thanks for?
We give thanks for what God can do with PD. We do not give thanks for pandemics, wars, death and destruction. Satan causes wars. Evil people full of greed cause pandemics and wars. We do thank God for what he can do with what evil people cause. God uses pandemics and wars to accomplish his purposes in the world. “God permits what He hates in order to accomplish what He loves.” If the only way for God to achieve his greater good in our sinful world is to permit wars and pandemics, then we trust him to work all things together to accomplish his good plan.
I give thanks for what God can do with my wife’s PD. It’s Romans 8:28. God can work it together for good. I am seeing some of the good now. It is good I did not expect in a way I did not expect it. It is good I was blind to in my initial reaction to my wife’s diagnosis. I questioned God, “God, I know what Romans 8:28 promises, but how can there be any good in this? God, Psalm 139 says, ‘For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb… Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.’ When you formed my wife in her mother’s womb, did you write in the book of her life to have PD when she was 62?”
I don’t know. I will, however, give thanks for how God can use it in our life and love together.

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