Thanksgiving is tomorrow and for some it causes us to reflect. Every day we are supposed to be thankful, to thank God for all He’s done for us and given. But this day especially should remind us of those blessings. I am grateful for all the blessings, but I find myself thinking on who God’s taken.
This is our first Thanksgiving without my dad.
(I now understand why holidays are so hard for some. ♥ I never before lost someone so dear to me.)
Yes, he’s in heaven – there is no better place – but we miss him terribly! He loved the Thanksgiving meal and loved spending time with family. And he was also one who, during my pity parties in my past, encouraged me to look outside of my selfish self to see the blessings.
Growing up we quoted verses at each meal. Before we prayed, before we even ate. I used to be almost irritated by it because I wanted to just eat. But now I look back and appreciate all the verses we memorized. One in particular comes to mind:
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Hmm…give thanks in all circumstances? But God, You took my dad!
It would seem easier if God showed us this great, big picture of His plan all laid out and said, “This is how I’m going to use your father! See, My plan is perfect.” I would say, “Wow! Okay. Well, I’m really going to miss him and it’s going to be really hard, but I see now why You took him home.”
The only difference is: in reality God doesn’t show us the great, big picture. We see only each breath as we take it – not a second beyond. However, there is still His perfect plan. We may not have our eyes to see it or understand it, but we have our faith to trust Him through it.
I don’t have to thank God for my dad’s death, but I do need to be thankful through it. God is going to use my dad’s death in mighty ways, for His glory and to further His kingdom. Maybe He has already.