When Being Thankful Isn’t Enough

If someone asked (but no one is), I could list off many reasons why I’m thankful right now.

This is a good season of my life. So much freedom, so many things I love. Funny moments, solid relational connections, activities I find fulfilling. Things are good.

It’s so easy to say that, if called upon. I could say it in my sleep. I have so much to be thankful for..

But yesterday as I was praying, God said He wanted to change my vision. He wanted to help me see as He sees.

“You’re seeing winter,” He said, “Everything dry, brittle, and dying.

winter scene“It’s actually spring. Flowers are blooming. Life is growing. Hidden buds are about to unfold. Open your eyes and see it.”

He was right. I was seeing winter.

Hope being taken from me. Discouragement weighing on me every time I read the news. People disappointing me. I had begun seeing everything in the negative. I was seeing the negative in everything.

But apparently that’s not how He sees.

He sees Spring.

It’s not spring actually. Outside, it’s getting downright frigid. But He sees things before they are and calls what is not as though it were.

As I let Him change the lenses on my glasses, life breath filled me.

sunlight through green leavesI saw His hand, glowing with life, reaching out and touching everything around me. Transforming the dry and brittle into fresh, young, and full. “I make all things new,” He said. As He reached into the hearts of the people I love, He infused them with radiant, golden brightness. He made them new.

And I remembered that verse from Isaiah about those who hope in Him rising on wings like eagles, renewing their strength, being made young again.

He is the life. He is the source.

It’s so simple, but knowing it down in your bones, seeing its effect all around you, changes everything.

So it may be slightly corny, but I have to say it. This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for Him. The Giver of Life. The One who reigns on high. The King who is not far off, but draws near and has the power to make all things new.



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Elizabeth holds to simple faith in a complex world. She values the beauty of the everyday and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is currently pursuing her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary, so when she isn't busy writing academic papers, she is usually out enjoying the LA sunshine. She is constantly learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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