A few days ago, I was thinking about thanksgiving and perhaps writing again in this blog. My first thoughts were, but I don’t feel overflowing with thankfulness. Yet the bible tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances” to “rejoice in the Lord always”.
I have been thinking that the period in my life that was most difficult, I was aware of how much God took care of me and answered prayers. My awareness of His presence was experienced daily. I felt blessed indeed in spite of my circumstances. In times of happiness when my life was going so well, I have also been thankful for what I have received. But what about in the ordinary often drugery of daily commitments and activities? Do I think about how blessed I am? To be honest, I would have to say not all the time. In fact, I often complain which blocks my vision from seeing any good at all.
Yet, I know God is there. I needed a reminder which came to me early this morning. I had a dream where someone was saying to me, “What verses have meant the most to you in the past? Write them out on paper and share them”.
Perhaps, someone who reads these words will be comforted by them. The first was from the book of Isaiah 40:27-31. “Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God’? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
The second passage that meant so much to me is from Isaiah 43:1-3a. “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob; he who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called the you by my name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior”.
It also came to me, some other truths of scripture. The Lord does not change. He is the same, yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever. Circumstances change. Feelings come and go. Yet, the Lord our rock, is steadfast and unmoveable.
Now, I say, I am truly thankful for what God has done and what He is doing and what He will do. Faith sees beyond our limited human perception. This change of attitudes opens the gates to a flood of things to be thankful for in the here and now.
God has had His hand upon me from a young girl. I heard about the love of Jesus and how he died for my sins and God’s promise of everlasting life. As a young girl, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He has blessed me with two lovely daughters and two wonderful grandchildren. He has brought me through many physical illness and diseases. He gives me strength to do what he brings in my path. He has blessed me with some fantastic friends who love me as I am. He has provided me with an expression to create with paint and in writing and also poetry. He provides for all my needs and more. I have a lovely place and area to life in. Today I am very thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving all.