As I sat, one morning, stuck in my usual traffic jam, my mind begin to ponder and reflect upon the goodness of God. I find myself here, as I try to rebuild.
During the process of building, or rebuilding, one has to remove anything in the way of construction taking place. Bulldozers and heavy equipment are ushered in to clear the ground of any debris or foreign matter that will impact the building. No matter the size, any rubbish is pushed out-of-the-way.
When the rubbish is removed, the way is clear. The overgrown shrubs, the wild trees, and even wildlife take flight, once the way is clear. And when the way is clear, the vision becomes clear. Once the rubbish is removed, the vision of the actual building can come forth.
The view is breathtaking. To step back and look at the cleared ground and the possibilities that lie ahead are a wonder. And at that moment–a grateful heart emerges.
To see again is a miracle in itself. And for that I am thankful.
So, as I sit this Thanksgiving Day, reflecting, seeing again–I am more thankful this year than I was last year.
Thankful for the ability to enjoy a perfectly made cappuccino while stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.
Thankful for the soothing roar of the massage chair during a pedicure, after a challenging week at work.
Thankful for the nourishment of a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.
Thankful for the nose to nose snuggle of sweet kitty.
Thankful for the hard place.
Thankful for the grace found in hard places.
Thankful for unchartered territories.
Thankful for lessons learned in unchartered territories.
Thankful for HIS mercies that are new every morning.
Thankful for HIS faithfulness, even in a world of darkness, anger, injustice and mistreatment.
In everything give thanks.
HE took the bread, the broken bread, and gave thanks.
HE took the cup, the bitter cup, and gave thanks.
In everything give thanks, for this is HIS will.
And the reward of thankfulness produces even the more. For thankfulness opens up more of HIM to us. Thankfulness releases more of HIS comfort, more of HIS peace, more of HIS grace. Thankfulness invites HIM into wherever we are–and then HE brings rest to our souls.
So, as I sit…I give thanks.