As I have been reflecting this past week on what I am thankful for, I began to think about where I was a year ago. A year ago, this Thanksgiving, I was newly engaged. The thought of finding someone a second time around to spend my life with is nothing short of a miracle. No one but God could orchestrate something like that! The thought that He has arranged my life in such a way that He would give me two wonderful men to call husband, is beyond my wildest imagination.
As I reflect on this past year, I am so grateful for what God has done in my life. He has done so many wonderful things, not the least is, He paid for my sins and purchased my salvation with His blood. His death on the Cross was the atonement for my sins, and I received eternal life when I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.
Psalm 92 is full of praise for God and all of the wonderous things He has done. Psalm 92:1-4 (NASB) says, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Your faithfulness by night, With the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, With resounding music upon the lyre. For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your Hands.”
I have a tendency to express my praise in music, so this Psalm really speaks to me. I use my musical ability, both singing and playing my flute, to worship and praise God for all He has done. Daniel 2:23 (KJV) says, “I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we ’desired’ of thee…” God not only has saved me, He has given me the desires of my heart. My husband says that I literally prayed a husband in…and maybe he is right. All I know is that God brought me a wonderful man to spend the rest of my life with.
At this time of year, it can be very difficult for some people. The loss of loved ones and desperate circumstances give way to depression and for some, the feeling that God has abandoned them in their time of need. As difficult as it is, I Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) tells us, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” During my time as a widow, I found that hard to do. In spite of where I was emotionally, I pretty much forced myself to be thankful. I know, that isn’t true thankfulness, but at the time, it was all I could muster. God knew what I needed, maybe more than I did.
In looking back, I have been able to thank Him for taking care of me when I was on my own. There are so many things that He did for me, that I can only praise Him for His care. Times when it seemed like there was no way out, He always provided a way, financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. He has always been there. Thank you, God for Your love and mercy!