Thought For The Day 08/17/13


Being Thankful For The Things That Don’t Happen



god has a reason


Be thankful for hard times in your life; try not to look at them as bad things but as opportunities to grow and learn.

Author Unknown


I read a story today that I just knew needed sharing. It was a story about one man’s experience while in church listening to the preacher’s sermon. And like his mother-in-law’s comment, I am convinced that the moral of this story was probably a greater lesson  than the one offered from the pulpit!


One Sunday, I was just sitting in church, listening to the sermon and thinking no great thoughts, when something landed on my ear. My conscious mind said “A fly” and I started to brush it off, but some other part of my mind said “No … too big for a fly. Buzzed too loudly. A wasp.” So I didn’t brush it off. I sat still in the midst of the congregation, slowly breaking out in a cold sweat, waiting for that wasp to decide whether it was going to sting me on the ear. 

I waited for what seemed like a long time, but the wasp did not go away. It just kept walking around on the top of my ear, hanging on with all its many little feet. Finally I decided to swat it off on the floor and step on it. So I very carefully gauged where my ear ought to be–and swatted. 

I missed. But I came close enough to fan the wasp, and it wound up sitting on the back of my right hand. It was a large, yellow-and-orange, very nervous, mud-dauber wasp, walking around in rapid little circles, popping its tail up and down as though searching for just the right spot to drive its stinger into my hand. I had absolutely no idea what to do next. 

The wasp walked up the back of my hand, between my thumb and forefinger, and as I turned my hand over, began going around in circles on my palm. I watched it in a horrible sort of fascination, wondering how much it was going to hurt. So did my mother-in-law, who was sitting next to me.

I thought about trying to throw it on the floor, but chickened out. It would probably fly away before I could step on it, and if I really made it mad, it would either sting me or go sting someone else. Anyway, it didn’t seem particularly angry, despite the jerky movements of its tail. It seemed more interested in all that moisture gathering in the palm of my hand.

Suddenly, an inspiration! I stood up, held my hand as steady as possible under the circumstances, and walked out of the church. As soon as I got outside, I flipped my hand and the wasp flew away. As simple as that. 

When I went back inside and sat down, several people in the pew behind us asked me with their eyes if I had been stung. I smiled and shook my head. They looked relieved. One man wiped imaginary sweat off his brow and tossed it away. 

After the service, several people congratulated me on how cooly I had dealt with the situation, which I knew I didn’t exactly deserve, but my mother-in-law came up with the best line of all. 

She said, “I guess Ben had the sermon for today: Remember to be thankful for the bad things that didn’t happen.” 

I have thought about that, many times. 

Ben H. Swett


How often do we go through life and think to offer prayers to God only when something bad is happening in our lives? I know for a fact that it is those trials that happen….those moments when I need to gain some strength from Him, because I lack it within myself….that tends to drive me to my knees. And it is often only on those special days that make up our calendar every year, such as Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving that we remember to offer a THANK YOU to God first….before we ask Him for something that will somehow benefit us or enrich our lives! How selfish we are! How selfish I am!


I wonder how much I would be able to find love within my heart for someone who has been unkind to me or who showed me this kind of selfishness and disrespect! Probably not much! However, no matter how unkind, mean or selfish we act, God ALWAYS loves us! Despite the wrongs we do, he forgives us, loves us, and allows us to face each new day refreshed, renewed and forgiven. Each new day is His gift to us to remake the person we are into the person He wants us to be! That is called covering our faults with His perfect love! Which is why we MUST remember to be thankful for everything He gives us…..both the good things that have happened as well as the bad things that haven’t! 


16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV


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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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