Yesterday I had the day off of work so I walked around Dublin by myself. Usually I love walking around by myself, but yesterday I felt like it was a reflection of my meager social life here (yes, I do have some friends here, in case you are concerned). God gently reminded me that one of the reasons I wanted to live abroad for a year was to spend lots of time alone, just me and God. He also reminded me that this season won’t last forever. I will maybe get married and have a family someday. I will probably have more demanding jobs, and maybe more events and meetings and coffee dates. I should be thankful for every minute of this quiet season, because I won’t ever have it again. Of course, I believe that crazy-busy outside circumstances don’t have to mean that your heart is crazy-busy. God’s inner peace is possible no matter what life brings. And it can go the other way too. Right now, I’m physically not crazy-busy, but my heart doesn’t feel at peace because I’ve been dwelling on all that I don’t have.
Today I stumbled upon this quote. Actually, I think God wanted me to especially read it.
To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. -Thomas Merton
Jesus, let me never forget that you have given me everything and let me never forget that You are good. If I remember those things, I will always be grateful.