I drafted this post a few days ago, from my phone late at night, and I simply haven’t gotten around to finishing it until now. Today, over 100 people, even children, were injured or killed by a couple of bombs that were set off during the Boston Marathon. Today might strike you as an odd day to post an entry about thankfulness. Today, though, I believe, is the perfect day to share this. I am very thankful that my friends in Boston are all okay, and I will continually pray for everyone involved, but I’m going to leave it at that. The rest of this entry is as I originally intended it to be, save for this acknowledgement, because that’s how I feel it should be read… regardless of our communal knowledge and the sadness of the day.
As I prayed the other night, I did nothing but thank God. I was inspired to do so by a story from the Old Testament in which, immediately after having his prayers answered, a man turns in thankful prayer. I started to thank Him for the small things from the day, and as I knelt here in the darkness of my room before bed, that list only continued to grow. The more I thanked Him, the more I found to be thankful for. Not every item on my list was deep and meaningful (dogs and other cute things were on the list), but not everything I mentioned was material, either. Even as I reached out with my hand to stabilize myself on the desk next to me (my balance is much worse in the dark), I found that I was thankful even for having hands and the ability to control them. I prayed until my unsteadiness finally forced me to lay down, and then I was only awake long enough to draft a version of this post before I fell asleep.
Thankfulness grows upon itself, as a vine – spreading and slowly branching out. It expands, exponentially, and I found nearly unable to keep up with every thought. The more I was thankful for… the more I was reminded of things I was thankful for. It’s not always easy.. sometimes you might feel miserable, physically or emotionally, and life can wear you down, but I encourage you in this – pray and remind yourself of the things you ARE thankful for, and I believe that God will be faithful to remind you of so much more.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”