Don’t you love those little snafus that crop up just when things seem to be running smoothly? They add spice to your life and provide you with opportunities to grow in patience, whether you want to or not!
Just when I was getting ready to enjoy Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year, my oven broke. I’ll have to wait until the repairman’s visit on Wednesday to find out if I’m going to be able to use it to bake turkey, dressing, dinner rolls, and 4 pies for 20 people on Thursday.
I’d love to say that I kept praising the Lord and giving thanks last night when I realized that the darned oven was not heating up. But the truth is, I almost blew a gasket.
But you know what? Whether that oven works or not, I’m not going to let it rob me of gratitude and spoil my Thanksgiving. Today I thought of several people I know who will be halfheartedly celebrating the holidays this year after losing a loved one. God gave me a new perspective.
I can’t let a little thing like a broken oven stop me from giving thanks to the One who loved me enough to give His life for me. A broken oven cannot take anything away from the blessings God has already given me.
So whether we eat roasted turkey and dressing, or cold cuts and sandwiches, I’m going to breathe deep and keep singing this old hymn to myself:
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
Happy Thanksgiving to you. Whether you’re enjoying a blessed season of peace, struggling with stress, or grieving loss, may the Lord surround you with His presence and open your eyes to His gifts.
I’d love to hear from you: What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition or holiday food? Are you facing any challenges that threaten to rob you of joy and gratitude?
To enjoy time with family and friends, I will take a blogging break until Tuesday, December 2nd.