Thanksgiving Day Reflections

The sun rays flickered through the slats of my bedroom window blinds, heralding the gift of a new day.  A crispness in the air reminded me that it was indeed autumn despite the recent unseasonably warm weather.  I glimpsed at the tree outside my window to see the variegated leaves, yet another reminder of God’s magnificence and faithfulness, a reflection of His love and beauty.  It was Thanksgiving Day.

As I stretched, a spontaneous, “Thank You!” sprang from my lips and I got out of bed and went to “secret place” to spend some time with the Father.  I knelt by my “prayer chair” and mentally surveyed the past week, month, year, years of my life, and the words of David in Psalm 124 danced in my spirit: If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side. . .

If it had not been for the Lord who was on my side. . .

David exhorted Israel to ponder what could have been when their enemies rose against them had Yahweh not been in covenant relationship, had He not been their ally.  The outcome for the entire nation could have been drastically different.

I pondered my own life.  If it had not been for the Lord who was on my side . . .

when men sought to ravage my body and soul

when false accusations were hurled against me like bullets

when loneliness and depression descended like dark shadows all around me

when sickness and disease sought to squeeze the very  life out of me

when I had no idea what to do, where to go, how I would make it

when the enemy came in like a flood

Had He not been on my side I would have lost all hope, lost all joy, lost my way, lost my mind, lost my life!

Tears rolled down my cheeks as I realized it is because of Him that I am still standing, still laughing, still singing, walking out purpose and destiny, still worshiping!

Truth is I can’t imagine what my life would be if it had not been for the Lord who was and remains faithfully on my side.

Eternally grateful to this amazing, awesome, powerful, loving, gracious God who loves me with an everlasting love.

Thank You seems so in adequate!  But my heart swells with this refrain, “Thank You, Lord!”

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