pondering   Thanksgiving is a time for being grateful for all we have received. Is this year any different? So much is going on in our world today it is easy to get caught up in all the drama, worry about what we see constantly on the news and social media. We can let it steal our joy.

We had an interim preacher at church today and he spoke about this very thing. He hit the nail right on the head. He said if we ask ourselves the question “What in the world is going on?” we can get caught up in all that is going on around us.

He said the question to ask is “What is God doing?” That puts things in an entirely different perspective. Saundra and I took the class “Experiencing God” and one of the main take-a-ways from that class is to figure out what God is doing in our lives and get involved helping him.

It’s that way in our country and in the world. God is in control. Everything that happens is either because He wants it to or allows it to. In either case we can be sure it is part of his grand design. Everything works for a purpose and we know God will eventually cause everything to work out to the good for His people.

Do I believe that? Of course I do. Do I understand how some of the things that are happening could possibly work out to the good? Nope, not a clue. Do I trust Him? Absolutely, and I know He is going to work it all out.

In that context I have no trouble at all giving thanks. God really does bless Saundra and I far more than we have any right to expect. We don’t have an abundance but we have everything we need, and we have happiness and our health, and above all we have the blessed assurance of what the future holds for us.

No, being thankful is not hard at all.