A few weeks ago a friend on Facebook asked us to think about something we are thankful for even though this year has been off the charts crazy. Sadly, it took me a minute. My brain had to pass through all the koo kooness (yes, I made up a word!) of this past year and focus on the goodness, revelations and blessings of the year.
Okay. A moment of truth. As I’m sitting here, knowing that I need to list all the blessings and good things that happened this year that I didn’t deserve, my brain stalls. It’s like it wants to, but is struggling to take that step. This year has been hard and ugly. Information is thrown in our face. Guilt is oppressing if you don’t do or say the right thing. Several conversations lead to illness and political ugliness. Schedules and routines are non-existent. Loved ones are forced into isolation. Students, of all ages, are forced to become self-reliant to guide themselves through education. Their reach to educators has been cut short. Parents who are not created to homeschool their children (ME!) are now taking on a different role that causes tension that was not there before. Jobs are lost. Hours and pay are cut back. Family members fall ill and pass away. The list goes on and on. Very uplifting!!
How do you muddle through all of that and find ways to be thankful?
A couple of months ago a friend and I went to a women’s retreat. We had our Bibles out on the table. She leaned over to take a look at mine. She said, “Oh, I didn’t recognize your Bible. It’s usually open when I see it.” That is one of the biggest compliments I have ever received.
The need for wisdom has been weighing on my heart. I have been drawn to Proverbs 3. Verses 5 and 6 are my favorite. But a few others caught my attention. Vs 1 says, “….never forget the things I have taught you.” Vs 3 says, “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you…” Vs. 19 and 20 mention wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Vs. 21 reminds us not to lose sight of common sense and discernment. Vs. 26 reminds us that, “the Lord is our security.” And back to vs. 5 and 6 we are to, “Trust in the Lord with all our heart: do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.”
Trust is a big one right now. Who are you going to trust with all your heart?
How did I go from being thankful to trust? Good question! If you put all these thoughts together our mind is focused on what God has taught us, His truths and promises. Remain loyal to the One who created you and show His love and kindness to those around you. Continue to seek His wisdom, understanding and knowledge so that common sense and discernment come instinctively. If we hang on to all of this, we are held secure in His arms and our eyes turn willingly to the blessing around us and what we have to be grateful and thankful for.
I am grateful for the extra time I’ve spent with my kids and the almost adult conversations we have. 🙂 I am grateful for giggles and laughter. I am thankful for the friendships that have grown deeper and stronger as we have leaned on one another to keep moving forward during a difficult time. I am thankful that God provided a job that I can work from home and be available for my kids (not sure they feel the same way! Haha!) I am thankful that my auto shop has been able to remain open and complete maintenance on our cars. I am thankful for family members who have stepped up when we needed them. I am thankful for neighbors for watching out for us and helping around the house when I’m out of my league. I am thankful for friends who will let me pull the girl card and come take care of unwanted critters! I am beyond grateful for the people in my life that I can turn to who I can trust to give godly wisdom and a much needed hug. I am grateful for the person on the other end of the line that talks me off my ledge so my kids keep breathing and keeps me out of orange! 🙂 Most importantly, I am humbly grateful for my Heavenly Father who will never leave me, keeps His promises, guides me down His path even when I don’t understand, loves this hot mess, and whispers often, “I love you. It’s going to be okay.” Thank you, Father.
So, yeah, in this craziness we live in, I have much to be thankful for.
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this, thankfully together, in Him.