This Thanksgiving holiday, I've been reflecting back on the sheer amount of difference in my life compared to just a few years ago. Towards the beginning of high school, I was isolated, bitter and lonelier than I had ever been. My life was in utter shambles- people I trusted abandoned me, I lost close family to death, I was failing at my schoolwork. Above all else, though, I felt empty, and it was the most terrifying experience of my entire life.
Until I found God. Or, more truthfully, He found me. From that instant on my world changed. I had finally found the deep, abiding, honest love that I had always desired but never sought for. I finally felt that my life had purpose again after so many months of darkness. I had finally realized how everything around me was beautiful and important and real- and how everything I went through happened to me for a reason.
Now, when I step back and look at my life, I see all the joy He has blessed me with. Our home was overflowing with the love of Jesus, down to the very smiles on my little cousins' faces. How indescribable it is to witness the mercy of such a selfless Lord at work.
This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for my God above all else. I am thankful beyond words for how He has transformed my life in ways I could never have imagined. I'm thankful for the people He has brought to me, and the wisdom He has shown. I'm thankful for His Son, and His Spirit, and the grace they bless me with each and every day. I cannot possibly imagine my life without it.
Happy Thanksgiving, my beautiful friends. I hope it was spent with those you truly love. Life is so much more beautiful than we realize- and this Thanksgiving, I hope you truly see that