I'm thankful for His promises- and more than that I'm thankful that all of those promises in the Psalms and Isaiah that I love to memorize are YES in Christ. I am thankful that because of Christ I don't have to be afraid of the big army of spiritual forces. I'm thankful the rising waters won't wash over me because Christ will uphold me. Sometimes those promises are all I've got.
I'm thankful for the body of believers. Christ's presence in the believers who I see everyday fills me and flames His light in me. Their encouragement spurs me on in this race I'm realizing I've been placed- a race I never quite saw myself running. God is so faithful to provide exactly what we need when we need it. The way these Christians support me and build me up strengthens me in a way that has helped me continue to press toward the prize, to keep my eyes fixed on Christ, to know He is perfecting my faith through this race which gives me so much hope. But also there is JOY because I know that this race isn't ultimately about me. It's about the hope of His Glory. It's about the prayers that the world around me- my little slice of the world I'm salt and light to- may change. Right now most of those in my world walk around with veiled faces. They neither fully see God nor do they fully reflect Him. But my prayer and my hope is that as I walk through life with them with my face unveiled, they will see God's light. I pray their blinders will come off. I pray they will see the beauty of God that is everywhere, in every single person. I press on towards the goal of those around me beginning to reflect His glory too.
It's not the race I thought I would be running this year. Yet, I know that is so like God. He calls us out of the familiar into the unfamiliar, to a place that looks nothing like we expected, to a place that is exactly where He needs us.
Soli Deo Gloria