This world is weird now. Everyday, I have to remind myself what day it is because so many days are basically the same. I’m relieved when I awake and realize it’s not a workday and I can simply take care of my home, enjoy my family, and rest. Yet, it’s mostly still the same…another day at home without friends, without extended family, hunkered down trying to figure out how to live this day.
Life may not feel exactly the same for you. Perhaps this pandemic has altered your day to dayness in other ways. However, I think we can agree, for most of us, life has changed and it’s not exactly how we would rather it be.
I find myself angry and frustrated a lot, just keeping my head down and trying to push forward as best I can. Yet, at my core, I know my feelings are actually grief, feeling helpless and sometimes hopeless, but afraid to give in too much to the seeming tidal wave of sadness that threatens to engulf me. I mean, I’m made for crises; I kick into gear and am one of the first to come up with a plan when a tragedy hits. Day to day hiccups can throw me for a loop, but give me a disaster and I can shine. Yet, long-term , out of the norm, serious marathon-type battles, such as a global pandemic…well what do I do with that?!?
I’m exhausted…how ‘bout you?
So, here we are; it’s Thanksgiving week, time to reflect on all our blessings and be grateful. This is my second favorite holiday ( Easter being my first; Christmas is my third). I fully embrace the opportunity to focus on giving thanks to God for all the good in my life, because I know it’s all from Him, yet, I’m finding this year more challenging. Are you?
I want to be intentional this week to purposefully look for all there is in life for which to be thankful. I’ve also just realized that maybe this year is also a time to be “thankful in all things,” to look for the good that God can potentially bring out of all the challenges and difficulties of the year. He doesn’t cause the bad to happen, but He does take it and transform it into something good…when I allow Him to do so…
I know this is truth because God has done it before in my life, in the lives of my family. We’ve had long, difficult journeys before in our time on this Earth, and God has worked through those times to bring each of us deeper into His grace , to a more spacious place in our souls. I have to believe He’s going to do it again…I have to hope…for my own sake, for my family , friends, and for all of you, too….God makes beautiful things from dust, just look at this world around us….