My friend, Juliette, challenged me to a month of thankfulness, and so I thought that I would write about that here. So now that Inktober is over, let the #thirtydaysofthanksgiving begin!
I am thankful for God. Thankful that He exists, that I can know Him, and that He knows me.
Over time, I have come to realize that – like the earth orbits the sun – I am orbiting God. And like an orbit, there are seasons where I am far from Him and times where I am close to Him. Realizing this has made it so much easier to appreciate the close times I have with God; and I also understand that in those times where I feel far from Him, it is a temporary thing.
Not only is this distance temporary, but I am still in God’s orbit. I am still affected by God’s power and presence, just as we are still affected on earth by the orbit around the sun. Eventually, as I stay in this orbit, I will return to closeness.
What is different is that my orbit can change; the periods of closeness and distance can change based on my own behavior and thinking. Being thankful is a clear way that I can return to or stay close to God. Thankfulness is a clear demonstration of love; a love for others, God, and ourselves. Gratitude is the way we choose joy; to tighten our orbit around God and – because of who He is – love.