Okay, I think we can all admit that this year has been one HECTIC mess. I mean, everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. Everything was taken from us and now we’ve been told we need to start building up again just to have new waves of covid right around the corner. Everything we had was torn from our fingertips, right?
When you read that first paragraph, I bet you agreed with it. I agreed with it for a long time, but I’m here to tell you that’s not the truth. While school, contact and jobs might have been taken and stolen from us, I can boldly say that God was still there. He was not taken from us, and he never will be.
During this time of life, it can be hard to sit back and think about all the things you’re thankful for. Theres a lot of anxiety about the election and this new wave of covid coming up, people fearing that Christmas might be spent in another isolated quarantine with our families. But I want to take a second to remind you that there is so much more around us than fear, we just need to look for it!
We have so much to be thankful for this season. Lots of us are surrounded by a family that loves and cares for us. Most of us have a roof over our heads and a device at our fingertips. Some of us have running cars with heat and deicer.
But what about the people who don’t have those things? What can they be thankful for? I’m talking about the homeless, the ones left to the streets and the ones who are just barley getting by. What can they be thankful for? There are two things that every single human being can be VERY thankful. Those are Gods word and his son he gave for us. So Instead of looking at the negative side of things, I want to look at the positive side of things.
This year, I am thankful for a God who is so very patient and forgiving, but also very providing. Throughout all of covid, there has always been food on the table, family around and much more than I needed. Even when jobs were lost, there were always new ones found.
When you’re stuck inside of a house for 4 months with your family, you have to have patience with those around you, and that gets tough! But then I sit back and think about how God has a whole world where people are yelling, angry, and cursing at him yet he’s so patient with them. Just simply being patient with others is a way to be God to others.
When you wonder when it’s going to be over, when you’ll be able to see your friends and when you’ll be able to hug your grandparents. It gets old, just waiting around and everything. Luckily, when you have patience and learn to be patient, those things get easier and are worth waiting for. And that is something my eyes were really opened to during quarantine.
I’m thankful that even throughout this whole thing, I’ve had a place and church to worship at. Not just one church, but multiple. I’m thankful for all the opportunities given to meet and serve new people in different ways. I’m thankful that my dad is still here and able to attend church with us. There are just so many opportunities and things around us that we tend to take advantage of and we never step back to see what we really have. There are people out there being executed because of their faith, and I’m thankful for people like them too. Thankful for people who are so bold in their faith that they don’t hide, they stand and take the consequences, even extreme and life changing ones.
This year has been crazy and hectic in pretty much every way, but that doesn’t mean it’s been bad. There have been a lot of things, new spiritual challenges that have been exciting to take on. I might have said more than one thing I’m thankful for, but they all relate back to one central theme.
There is a quote that I really enjoy. I think it relates back to the message very well and that is this,
“I’m thankful for so many things, but mostly God. Without him, I’d have nothing else to be thankful for.”Anonymus