Wow this year has been so full. Bursting at the seams with the loveliest moments – the kind that fill up your soul and make you breathe deeper and love more purely. A lot of those moments were born out of waiting – days and weeks of wondering, unmet expectations, and learning to let go in favor of trusting the beauty of Jesus’ love for me. What I’m learning is that gratitude is a lifestyle and that the most confusing and disorienting days give way to breathtaking beauty and horizons bursting with new light. I guess I can see it more clearly now, how all the pieces and the questions fit together into something greater than my vision allows me to see most days. So today that’s what I’m grateful for – the waiting and the questions and the letting go. The fact that I can’t see farther than today. Because that gives us the space we need to remember.
That’s what today is really about. We forget all the goodness amidst the business of our own pace, so we need a whole day devoted to enjoying the most basic and beautiful parts of our lives – family, food, love, and simplicity. Sometimes we need everyone together in the kitchen surrounded by the sweet scent of cinnamon or a turkey roasting in the oven. We need to remember the simplest things because those are the ones we forget in pursuit of something greater. But it’s the sweetest thing for us to rest in the abundance that we have today, in the simple and beautiful. When we rest and soak up the goodness of the present, it conditions our hearts to depend deeply on God. To believe that He is working on our behalf and providing for our families and food and wholeness.
So, let’s be full and grateful today, no matter what it looks like because there is a purpose behind the missing pieces and broken moments, the joy and abundance. All of it is being redeemed into the most beautiful story, so let’s remember deeply and really be thankful. If God has provided for us today, we can hopefully expect His provision for tomorrow. Let’s just remember.
“I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search: “Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Then I said, “I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?” – Psalm 77:6-13