I hope my fellow Canadians had a great Thanksgiving weekend! Obviously, that’s a holiday where people think about what they are thankful for (regardless of religion or faith) but I truly believe it is important to be thankful all year round, not just on one day. At youth group last night I talked about being thankful for situations that are not always the best and asking God to help us see the positive in them. It’s easier said that done, I know, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to be reminded that we should accept everything that comes our way and try to learn from it. For this week’s Thankful Thursday I’m going to talk about some things that happened lately that aren’t ideal but have been a blessing in disguise.
- I had a job interview but didn’t get the job. I’m thankful for this because it means I have more time to help out an elderly relative who will be recovering from surgery. David and I live closest to this family member, so after their knee replacement surgery I will be able to help with chores, meals, etc while they recover. If I ended up getting that job my days would be busier and I might only be able to offer my help once or twice a week.
- My car was at the mechanic all day so I had to hang around town with David instead of going home. It was unfortunate that I had to spend the day out of the house because I had a lot of cleaning to do, but I’m thankful David and I got to spend time together between his classes.
- We planned to order firewood in bulk from someone but he no longer delivers to our area. Since we heat our home exclusively with wood it’s important to be able to buy a lot at once, especially if it comes dried and split. My friend recommended a supplier but when he stopped coming to our area we were at a loss. Thankfully, a co-worker of mine said her boyfriend sells dried and split firewood and can deliver to us. The best part is that he is just a young man recently out of high school who is trying to make extra money. I enjoy being able to support young people in business so I’m thankful we were connected with this person.
- It’s getting really cold at night. The wood stove we have in the basement doesn’t heat up our bedroom very well, so we often have to pile on the blankets once the nights get colder. David’s grandma has knit us several large blankets that we keep on the bed or in a chest in our room. I actually like when it gets cooler and I need to add another blanket because I’m reminded of the love and dedication that went in to making each beautiful creation. David’s grandma suffered some brain trauma a while ago that affected her in many ways, including her ability to knit properly. She has since recovered a lot and is back to her perfect knitting, and I know that when she passes away we will be reminded of her every time we use one of the blankets.
What blessings in disguise are you thankful for this week?