Still Thankful

Thanksgiving, it comes around once every year. Ready or not, like it or not.

I’ll admit, some years it is harder to be thankful, for we all experience loss in some way or another as we walk through life. When loss hits, it is hard to be thankful, at least it is for me.

Yet, I am learning something through all of this…

The Word Thankful in Letters on Table
I don’t remember the date, it was more recent in my life. A couple years ago I believe.
Ah, the wonders of photos! :) It was back in 2017, November 2nd to be exact.

I was out for a walk, spending some time with my Savior. There was a lot of questions going on in my life and some serious life decisions that were in view. In the midst of the wrestling and uncertainty, I was terrified and feeling rather overwhelmed.
As I spilled my heart out to the King of kings, the threatening skies overheard dumped their watery contents on me. My first thought was to make sure my non-water resistant phone was sheltered. :) From there, it was time to head back home. Yet, I was already soaked, so I decided on the long way home. I mean, why not? :)

In the midst of the pouring rain and the storm raging inside of my wrestling spirit, the Lord began to do something. His peace flooded me and though none of my circumstances had changed and so many questions remained, I was truly at peace.
Joy filled my spirit and I couldn’t help but sing to the Lord.

One of the songs I sang as I trotted through the rain was “All I have is Christ.” In the past couple of years, this song has come to hold an extremely personal meaning for me. The words aren’t just words anymore, they are becoming more and more the reality of my life, all praise be to King Jesus! (And yes, I still have a LONG way to go.)

I arrived safely at home and life went on, but this moment with the Lord impacted me greatly. It was a sweet time that I had desperately needed during that difficult time in my life.

And now, a little over two years later, the Lord brings it back to memory as I reflect over this crazy adventure called life.

Today, I face even more difficult challenges and even bigger questions.
Yet, as the rain pours down, I can truly say, it is well with my soul and I have a lot to be thankful for. Lastly, I can still sing just as heartfelt today, as I sang back in the rain, “All I have is Christ.”

Raindrops Falling into a Puddle Black and White
For truly, when all is said and done, that’s all I’ve got. Just Jesus and He’s enough.

So, on this Thanksgiving Day, I am genuinely thankful for my Savior.
For He is the one who holds my future and is working out His perfect plan for me, even as the rain pours down.

Glory be to You alone King Jesus. I lift my voice in the midst of the rain…glory be to You in the pain!

“I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God's love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life
Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life”