It’s been a transitional month for my family and I. A month ago we moved out from our apartment and if you’ve ever moved around you know how crazy all that can get. It is so stressful. I can’t believe how much junk I had accumulated over the course of three years! But out of all that craziness I also felt very emotional, emotional because I was moving out of our first place together, emotional because I was leaving the place my son learned to crawl, walk, and jump in. All the beautiful memories we made with family and friends. We are moving for the better of us and I’m so excited for what’s to come in our future.
Two Sundays ago our Priest talked about “just giving thanks” in his homily. When we reach out to God in our prayers we tend to always ask him for things or for him to help us with certain situations but if only we thanked him as much as we asked him.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says to us “In everything give thanks.”
But what about in those moments when I didn’t have money to feed my family or to pay my mom back? And what about the moments I was being bullied, when relatives only called when they needed money, or when teachers said I was retarded?
Why should I thank God for those things?
Why? Because giving thanks to God for all the good and bad that happens demonstrates that I trust that he has a better plan. I recognize that He is a good God and that he is working all things for His good purpose.
So, what am I thankful for today?
Today I’m thankful because I woke up next to my husband
Today I’m thankful because I can afford an early education for my son
Today I’m thankful that my mom can count on me
Today I’m thankful for buying my sister breakfast
Today I’m thankful for the smile on my little boys face in the pick-up line
Today I’m thankful for my in- laws
Today I’m thankful because I have things to be thankful about.
Thank you God, because I’m not in control. Thank you for answering my burdens with far better things than I could do for myself. Sorry for missing the many beautiful gifts that surround me. You have the big picture and I trust you with it all. In Your precious name I pray and thank you. Amen
Jenyfer D. Navichoque – Writer, unparalleled love