I have a LOT to be thankful to God for from 2019. And I wonder if you do too?
I want to be sure to start this year off on the right foot. And I believe that foot should be in the humble position of kneeling before the throne of God to voice my thanks.
The lyric to a song God gave me long ago echoes in my mind. It was
“Thank You, Lord, for being there for me every time I knew I had a need of Thee.
And thank you Lord, for being there for me when I did not know there was need.”
There were many times this past year when I definitely felt a need that I brought to the Lord. Often, only after I had wrestled with the problem alone; and found myself unable to resolve it.
Even in the midst of serious health issues, relationship missteps, family squabbles, the consequential results of a horrible accident, more serious health issues, discouragement, feeling overwhelmed, the burial of a beloved family member, and the realization of the loss of ability and opportunity with aging; God met me where I was and led me out into a space where I could be grateful for the blessings He had provided.
You have probably survived 2019 with a similar list of trials and challenges you faced. From the 20/20 perspective of this New Year, are you seeing some things clearer?
Can you thank God for being with you through the challenges you faced? Can you see any positive outcomes from the struggle?
I have 3 prayer partners who meet regularly to pray for each other and for our children. Our group grew out of and is based on Moms In Prayer International. Google that organization to find a model for your prayer time, and maybe connect with others who pray in your area. We write down things we pray for and scriptures we pray over our children. When I began looking over the notes from 2019, I had so many things to thank God for.
That made a good start. But then the next line in the song grabbed me and I began seeing things that we didn’t pray for, but that God protected us or our children from. Injuries and illnesses that didn’t happen! Accidents that didn’t occur! Temptations they didn’t fall into. All the times we traveled and arrived safely at our destinations. Family events that went smoothly. Relationships that flowed evenly without misunderstandings or arguments arising.
And the thanks and praises flowed!
Before this month is over, let me encourage you to set aside a time of review and thanks. If you don’t have prayers you prayed jotted down, look at a calendar to think and remember your way through the year.
Or light a candle, breathe in the aroma, close your eyes and ask God to bring to mind things you are grateful for: family, jobs, friends, home, sanity, health, support, mobility, breath. He will show you.
Or start a thankfulness page. Think back as far as you can remember and list the ways you can see God had a hand on your life and used people and circumstances to bring you to a saving knowledge of Him. Or start with today and make entries as you think of things to be grateful for.
I am praying for you – that this will be a year of 20/20 Vision for you to be able to see God’s blessings and His activity in your life; from the time you were very young, throughout your lifetime, over this last year, today, and in all your tomorrows.
So you can sing with me:
Chorus – Thank You Lord for being there for me
Every time I knew I had a need of Thee
And thank You Lord for being there for me
When I did not know there was need
Verse 1 – It’s so easy to thank You Lord for what we see
Like healing an illness or an injury
Or when You circumvent certain tragedy
It’s so easy to thank You Lord
Verse 2 – I want to thank You for all the things I cannot see
For all the trouble You have kept from me
And for Your angels watching over me
I want to thank You Lord
Verse 3 – It’s so easy when I think I have the perfect plan
And think I have the situation well in hand
And then the rug is pulled from under me and down I land
And I need to thank You Lord
Bridge – For my life could have been a lot worse, been a lot harder
But I have felt You there
Managing the pain, helping me in sorrow
You kept it at a level I could bear – – I know You were there
Chorus a capella