If I were to let you fill in the blank…2020 the year of__________?
I think I could guess some of the most popular responses. 2020…’the year of the lockdown’…’the year of Covid’…’the year of restriction’…
But, I’m going to say something a little bit controversial here…
I actually don’t hate 2020!
In fact, I’d go so far as to say I’m trying to learn to love it but it’s not easy.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard people dismissing this year, disregarding the months that have passed and writing off the last few remaining months to come and a part of me wants to scream “No don’t do it!”
Don’t get me wrong I understand people’s frustrations, I feel them too! My heart aches for those that have lost loved ones, lost their jobs, lost their wedding day and for all of us who have been deprived of time spent with loved ones…this year has been tough in so many ways – there has never been a year quite like this in my lifetime.
Normally I’m a glass half full kind of girl, but the last few weeks for me particularly have been a real struggle. I’ve felt flat, deflated, defeated, disappointed and confused at times. But I also know that I don’t want to be a glass half empty kind of girl and I’ve been really challenged by it….surely there is something to be thankful for.
And doesn’t God teach us that in all things we should give thanks?
“And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I was reminded that God isn’t asking us to be thankful for the things we are facing but in spite of them, to continue to present our thanksgiving to Him.
So I’m going to defend 2020 a little bit, after all it’s not 2020’s fault that a global pandemic announced itself and completely took over. I’m choosing to deliberately thank God for everything HE HAS DONE because when we take time to reflect on this, it may surprise you just how much we have to be grateful for.
My prayer is that you will join me in choosing a posture of thankfulness, appreciating our Maker, the one who is in all things and above all things.
Written by Jenny Ameobi (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series