Thanksgiving through the unknown
Updated: Apr 16, 2020
Today is my 25th wedding anniversary. Google tells me that means it is my silver anniversary. My heart tells me how blessed I am to have such an awesome wife and all the adventures that we have experienced together across those 25 years.
Yet as much as I should be celebrating today, I also had this thought that I am missing out. I can't take my bride out to celebrate at a restaurant. We can't go away to reminisce about 25 wonderful years (although we did do this a couple of months ago). And we shouldn't really go to the shops to get a gift for each other as that is not considered "essential" in the current climate.
Maybe you are starting to feel the same way - no, not about my wedding anniversary but about what life looks like at the moment. Perhaps there are things that you are starting to miss too and it is getting you down. Missing gathering in person for church. Missing holding your grandchildren or loved one. Missing the freedoms we have come to know here in Australia.
If you find yourself in that place today, know that you are not alone. There are millions of people around the world starting to go stir crazy and pondering all the things they are missing out on, all the "normal" things they used to do. Going to the movies, dining out with family or friends, buying toilet paper easily, even simply being able to go to work are just some of those things.
And while I know this is a strange time we find ourselves in, I want to encourage you to focus on the many things that you do have and can do. It is not healthy for us mentally, emotionally or spiritually to put all our energies into what we don't have, rather we should be full of thanksgiving for all that we do still have.
In Psalm 100:4 TPT we read "You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise. Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to him and affectionately bless his beautiful name!"
So today can I encourage you to approach this day with a heart full of thanksgiving. Can you look around you and see the countless things for which we can be celebrating? I could have easily allowed this day to be spoilt because of Covid-19 but I choose to be thankful for all the Lord is doing. I choose to thank Him for 25 wonderful years with my wife. I choose to thank Him for my beautiful children, my house and vehicles, that we have food in our fridge and pantry, for the sunshine and clear blue skies.
Let's be deliberate about choosing thanksgiving through Covid-19. No matter what is going on around us, there are always a multitude of things for which we can be thankful - even if it is just celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary in a tent in the backyard!