We recently celebrated Thanksgiving. Though there were only six of us, we were grateful for the time together. My husband, myself, two sons and a couple who are sort of related to us were the members of our little party. They are the in-laws of one of my daughters. We had a lovely time of catching up, sharing our hearts and enjoying the day.
To celebrate what we are grateful for is bittersweet this year. And today is the first anniversary of my son’s departure from this earth. He is missed by friends and family alike. It is hard to lose someone you love dearly, and we all struggle with this loss. Some may wonder how we can celebrate when the loss is so great.
If all I thought about was how much I missed my son, I would be miserable indeed. If my happiness is based on a person or thing on this earth, I will often be disappointed. Our circumstances can change unexpectedly, and what we once had is now gone from our sight. If I only look at these things that change so fast, it would be hard to keep a grateful heart.
KEEPING MY EYES ON GOD
But when I keep my eyes on God and trust Him through all the trials and the good times, I will find much to be grateful for. He never changes but is the same yesterday, today and forever. He can be counted on to keep His word, for He is always faithful. People can try to thwart God’s plans, but in the end they will fail. No one can stop whatever He has purposed to do.
A person’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.Proverbs 16:9 (Christian Standard Bible)
On the other hand, God can thwart the plans of man. He can change the hearts of kings. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make plans. It is good to plan out our days and the projects we take on. But to me, it is comforting to know that even though I make the plans, God will change them if I am headed in the wrong direction.
TRUST GOD AND BE GRATEFUL
I am grateful that He cares so much for me and will never leave. Because I put my eyes on Jesus and what He has done and is doing for me, I can be grateful throughout my days. Even when circumstances say otherwise, I can still thank God for the life He has given me. Things may be hard and I may grieve, but I can still praise my God.
I am grateful for sunshine, rain, my 7 beautiful children and 14 grandchildren. We celebrate the love we have for each other which is stronger than any differences we might have. And, of course, I am grateful for my husband of 46 years and counting. Add to that my daughter-in-law and sons-in-law and all my wonderful friends. When I think on all I have to be grateful for, I realize I am truly blessed.
There is much more than could be written about these thoughts, but my time is up, as this is a Five Minute Friday post, and I may have gone shortly over time. I’m a little late to join in, but better late than never. The word for the week is grateful.