The brisk winds of November have returned again for their yearly visit, and travelling with them, Thanksgiving Day.
It is a good friend to see, and the visiting and catching up that we do when we meet surely does warm my heart.
She asks of me, "Well then, Rebecca. What goodness has been brought to you this year, that we might discuss?" And I smile and nod, and I am lost in thought at how this year has brought me even more wonderful things than the last. The memories that make me chuckle, and some that make me cry.
"The Lord has been good to me this year, Thanksgiving. As with all years." I reply. And she knowingly nods, bending boughs low.
And I try to decide for what I am MOST thankful.
We have eaten well this year, perhaps too well.
Our health is good, a blessing to be sure.
I am thankful to borrow for as long as I am able, the dishwasher that came with our rented home.
The children have beds and blankets, as do we.
We lack for nothing, and even at times, LOATHE all the goodness we DO have (when it clutters the house on a daily basis.)
I am thankful for my friends with whom I write letters and share my daily thoughts with.
I am thankful for my craft room, my dream come true camera that I have waited many years for, and all manner of little luxuries I am afforded.
I am thankful for the people I share my life with. My husband. My girl. My boy. My friends. My extended family. This is true as with every year.
Thanksgiving, patiently waits as I sort my thoughts.
"I think perhaps, my MOST grateful gift this year; the thing I am MOST thankful for this day, is that my life is already planned out for me. I don't know if my family will end up in NY or PA, or when such a move might happen. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if Matt gets a job at a nicer facility or not. It doesn't matter if (gulp) I am given more children or only the two that I have now...
It doesn't matter because even still, it is IN CONTROL. My life is already planned. My life is the LORD'S and He has a plan for us that far exceeds our own expectations. If what we want doesn't happen TODAY...then perhaps it is because something BETTER will happen tomorrow.
But I can rest assured, that the Lord ALREADY knows what will happen. Has already laid the plans. And He will give to us what we need when we need it. His plan for our lives is for His glory and honor, so I can rest assured that it will be good.
Dear Thanksgiving, we simply MUST visit with one another more often." I say.
And Thanksgiving bows low her head in understanding.
"We shall." she replies.
And I know it shall be so.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my dear friends. I hope your day is filled with love and you give all glory and honor to the One who deserves it. :-)