It is only natural this time of year for people to pause and think about the things for which they are thankful. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I try to express my gratitude to the Lord everyday. There is, however, something special about Thanksgiving that really causes me to reflect on my blessings.
If I took the opportunity to list all of the things that the Lord has blessed me with, this post would be too long to read. Instead, I want to focus on one particular blessing that surpasses all the others. The one thing for which I am most thankful is that God has given me Himself.
I have spent many seasons of my life focused on things that I wanted and didn’t have or on things that I thought were important but turned out to be a disappointment. In all of this distraction and frustration God has always been there speaking softly, sometimes just whispering, calling me back to Himself. He knows that our greatest need is for Him, not what He can provide us, but Him and Him above all. It is this sweet and mystical union with Him that makes food tastier, relationships meaningful, laughter deeper, and life purposeful.
Scottish theologian and pastor Henry Scougal put it best when he wrote
God hath long contended with a stubborn world, and thrown down many a blessing upon them; and when all his other gifts could not prevail, he at last made a gift of himself.
So when I think of all that I am thankful for this holiday, at the top of my list is Christ. I pray that we will not be distracted by so many good things that we miss out on the best thing of all. Christ is the greatest gift and for this I am thankful.