I love playing games – especially those that can be played by the whole family. One of my favorites is called “Apples to Apples” because it sparks lots of laughter. You are dealt seven cards that have random words on them. Someone then flips over a category card and everyone has to submit one of their cards that best fits the category. The strange combinations are often hilarious. Some friends were over for dinner and after we ate, we all sat down to play. The category was “Delightful” and everyone started laying down cards that would win the most delightful category. My youngest son submitted his card which said “A Morgue”. He obviously had no idea what the meaning of the word was. We all laughed as we explained to him that a morgue was where they stored dead bodies. Without missing a beat, he stood on his chair and proudly announced, “That sounds like a nice quiet place to listening to an audio book!” I still laugh as I think about how delightful it would be to sit back and listening to my favorite audio book in a morgue. As the holidays approach, I do hope you make time to laugh together with family and friends.
Days later as I reflected, and laughed again, at my son’s comment, I realized that I need to be more like him. If he could find something delightful about a morgue, I should be able to find plenty of things in my life that I can delight in. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it is a perfect time to take inventory of all the blessings God has given you and your family. If we take the time, I believe we can find things to be thankful for even in our struggles and pain. My wife just returned from a mission’s trip to India where she ministered to orphans and the poorest of the poor. She was in awe as these people crowded into a house church to sing praises to God. The intensity of their worship put me to shame. How come people with so little can thank God so passionately? I believe it is because they, like my son, take time to find what is delightful in the middle of their darkness. In my opinion this is a beautiful picture of what God says in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”
There are few guarantees in life, but one of them is, most certainly, that God’s goodness and love will never leave us. Even in our darkest hour, God is there and will give us the strength to persevere. That is reason enough to praise God. James 1:12 promises, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” So this month as we all focus on being thankful, take time to discover how God has been there for you during your dark moments. Like the believers in India, I believe this will produce an outpouring of praise for our God that will never ever let us go. We can all be thankful for that!
May God continue to bless you and your family!