Thanksgiving is behind us! For many of us, Thanksgiving is about pausing for a few days and contemplate how God has been present in our lives over the years. For me, Thanksgiving is a constant reminder that God is always present even in those times when life seems to crumble or a new challenge opens the doors of our lives. It is not always easy to remember that, even more so to have a thankful heart as we experience those hard times.
1 Chronicles 16:34. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever; has to be one of those life verses for me because it does just that: reminds me that God is close. And if anything is a sure thing is that life will always bring changes, challenges, and new opportunities.
In my devotional time for the past week, I had plenty of time to remember, reminisce and look from the other side to some of those times. It is easy now to point to a certain event in my life and say: God was there. I remembered the drive to the airport 15 years ago, with my parents in the car and the long goodbye, the uncertainty of what was ahead of me. And I remember that like it was yesterday. That anxiety of what’s ahead is something that creeps out from time to time. That anxiety is like a shadow that likes to follow around, and sometimes that anxiety can turn in to fear. Fear of the today, of the tomorrow, fear that will just eat away faith. But when anxiety and fear come around, at least for me, I find that it helps to remember who God is, and remember those times when his light, his peace dissipates the darkness that creeps in.
Psalm 94:19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy – for me goes hand in hand with thankfulness, because when we remember who God is who can also find comfort. Comfort and peace that we all need from time to time.
Today I pray that each one of us can experience that comfort, that peace that is promised to each one that puts their faith in God.