The holiday season is fast approaching and as memories are remembered and time is shared throughout these next few weeks, let us not forget to be thankful for the small things. I’m sure we can all think of people and things and events that we are thankful for – our spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters; our wedding day or our first day on a new job and signing the papers on our first home. Those are the big things that most, if not all, of us are thankful for each and every day. But there are smaller things, little events that have as much of an impact, maybe even more, on our lives that we often take for granted.
If you’ve been following this blog you know that I have recently started a new job. I have been in training for the past 4 weeks and Monday will be my first solo day. There has been so much information to assimilate and policies and procedures to become familiar with that keeping my head on straight has been quite difficult. My prayer each day has been, “Lord, just help me to remember what I need for today and remind me tomorrow of what I need to know then”…and he has. There have been moments – moments of clarity and understanding – that have given me hope that I will be successful. Maybe someone was praying for me or perhaps someone cleared away something that would have made things more difficult for me to learn…I’m almost sure many were granted great patience! It is these small things that I am thankful for.
Over the weeks I have shadowed several people doing the job that I have been hired to do. They each have their own style and method of getting to the same place and I have realized something quite profound – for me at least – that reminded me of the whole reason I began writing here just over a year ago: “It really is all about the journey”. We are all headed to the same place; we each have the very same final destination. We will all meet The Maker one day and nothing will change that fact. The real issue at that time will not be whether we made it there or not, but what did we do along the way.
Did we reach out to that one in need? Did we pray that prayer when no one was listening? Did we encourage each other? Did we remove stumbling blocks from someone else’s path? Did we love with our whole heart? Did we believe the best or expect the worst? Did we forgive…and then choose to forget? These are just some of the small things that are often unknown to those who benefit from them but have the potential to effect significant changes in the lives of those around us. The Good Lord has done – and is doing – these things and more in each of our lives. He moves like the wind but the brush of air as he moves is often un-noticed in this busy world. He is reaching to us when we are in need and praying for us at the Father’s right hand. He is encouraging us and clearing our path. He is loving with his whole heart and believing for the best in us. He forgives and our sin is remembered no more.
I do so very much appreciate all of the great and wonderful things that I have in my life as, I’m sure, most of you do as well. But it is the little things – the whispered prayer, the slight impression, the few dollars slipped into someone’s pocket, the simple smile or the loving hand slipped into another’s trembling fingers – these are what I am truly thankful for. These are what the journey is really all about because it is these that make the big things possible.