I’m guessing if you stopped by to read this, you may be in the midst of holiday preparations. You may be packing to head out of town to see family or friends. You may be cleaning and cooking to host your own festivities. You may be stirring with that anticipation of seeing people you may not like very much, or people you love so dearly your eyes well in tears just thinking about hugging them.
You are probably being intentional about your gratitude, as Thanksgiving calls us to do just that. I have been counting all the incredible gifts of provision and people in my life, as I know this is the time to soak it all in and marinate my heart in all those things I cherish. I’m constantly reminded to be thankful on social media and I’ve read a variety of powerful posts inspiring me to open my eyes and embrace the ‘attitude of gratitude’.
So here’s a little twist on it all…
Let’s challenge ourselves to travel even farther on this gratitude train. Let’s steer it into some tunnels, up some mountains and through some valleys. Lets ride it through…
Dig even deeper. Stretch even wider. Pull from the past and reflect on long forgotten moments, faded milestones, or perhaps those life circumstances that were excruciating or exhilarating. You’re looking for the hidden treasures in your life, that maybe you missed.
I’ve been accidentally doing this.
I had a memory rise in my mind that led me to journey through a very difficult time in my life. What came from that reflection was a piece of the experience I NEVER ever considered before. I was brought to tears with this new revelation about someone who played a significant role in this life changing scene. Stepping into this pivotal memory maze and unpacking it in my thoughts led to a new door I had never opened before. I see now- how gracious someone was to me. Tearful gratitude swelled inside as this new perspective awakened a piece of my past that had been asleep for over 30 years. I didn’t see it then. I see it now.
The years have cleared that blurry haze of battered brokenness and tore down the barriers that shadowed this light.
My heart cracked open and let it in. And it continues to radiate with this new glow of gratitude I would have never found had I not searched through my mess of memories to discover it.
As much as I am thankful for the everyday blessings, the big life celebrations and the love and provision I can hold in my hands right this minute…
I have discovered a more profound layer of thanksgiving that takes work to find and may be risky to excavate from the depths of who we are. Are you willing to do the same? Perhaps pick a part of your past to reflect on, unpack, peel back and start digging…
There may be riches buried in your own life that need uncovering. Jewels of provision, gems of grace that if you stare deep into the timeline and story line of your life, you may be profoundly surprised to see a new door swing open in your own memory maze.
Let’s find those treasures hidden too deep to simply grab within our reach. These gifts live beyond the easily picked pieces in our immediate landscape. They reside in the deep heap of life.
I believe we all have beacons of light flickering faintly under the rubble of our lives that we haven’t yet found. If we dare go back and pick through the pieces and uncover the parts-
We just might be profoundly surprised at what we find.
I know I was.