Thankfulness in the Unlikely

Wednesday night, I went to bed very early. Unusually early…9:30pm early. It was lovely to say the least. On a regular day, when I get up for my workout in the morning I really should be going to bed around or before 9pm, but somehow I always seem to find something else to do instead of going to bed. November 22, 2018 is the fourth Thursday in the month, so all of this is information is to say, I woke up at 6:30a on Thanksgiving and decided to write a little post about it.

Wow. The amount of things that can happen in a year are crazy. This time last year, my family and I were moving out of our house in Manassas and into our new home further into Prince William County. So many new challenges can come out of new things. I guess that may be part of the reason I don’t like new things that much.

But as I was falling asleep last night, I realized something. I am thankful for off the beaten road things. I am thankful for challenges and trials.

The challenges and trials that have come my way this year are crazy! Some I never even expected to be able to get through. A few years ago, I learned my way of coping with challenges and relying on God was to remind myself of God’s promises. He promises to watch over and take care of us. He promises to prosper us. He promises hurt and pain and sadness is only of this world. He promises to love us. He promises to provide for us. He promises to love us. Ultimately, what ever happens will bring further glory to an already glorious God. I have been taking so much comfort in this lately. Romans 11:36, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” 1 Corinthians 6:20, “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Psalm 86:9 and 12, All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify your name… I will praise you O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify your name for evermore.” I am thankful for the difficulty I am given because I know and trust what the Lord has said about trials.

I am thankful for relationships. Oh Morgan, that’s not an unlikely thing to be thankful for! Everyone is thankful for them, *insert eye roll here* Okie commenter, when did you turn into my 15 year old sister? No I kid, but really though I am thankful for the difficulty in relationships. Times of difficulty with others requires patience, grace, and love. If we are being real though, how difficult is it to show your sibling grace after they stole something of yours? How difficult is it to show patience and love to someone who cut you off on the road? Well… sometimes pretty hard. I can’t remember how many times I flipped out because my sisters had gone into my room again and stolen something or messed something up. But also, how many times have I retaliated by going into their room, committing the exact. same. sin. I am thankful for the patience that God is giving me so I can work with others. If we are looking for a specific relationship I am thankful for today, the one with my earthly father. Growing up, he was the answer to all the problems I had. His grey sweatshirts were the things that kept me warm at night. His bearhugs could make you feel untouchable… At least until the person giving you the bearhug empties you from his arms… When my dad asked for a divorce in May of 2014, it was a large shock to everyone. In 2018, over 4 years later, we are still picking up the broken pieces of our hearts while trying not to mix up shrapnel with memories. Only by the grace of God, I forgave him the day of the court proceedings about 2 years ago. His reaction didn’t matter because I was doing what God called me to in that moment. It hurt. That moment though, was the moment I realized, he is just another broken sinner on this earth. Just like me. Just like you.

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Finally, I am thankful for my depravity. Without sin and this sin-full place on earth, we would not truly realize how deeply we need someone (Christ) to save us.

My challenge to you today is, what are some unlikely things you are thankful for today? As you gather with your family or under some blankets with netflix, what in your life has caused you to be thankful for unlikely things?