Like many people over the last few days I’ve been thinking about the first Thanksgiving. I’ve thought a lot about the challenges they faced, the challenges we’re facing today and how much courage it must have taken to undergo that journey so many years ago. I’ve also questioned what they were thinking and how adventurous they must have been or how bad their situation must have been to consider something that was so very dangerous and risky at those times. It may be like us contemplating going to Mars to live as part of the programs they’re contemplating and planning. The only answer I came up with was an old saying that so well describes what they must have ultimately thought and we should consider today as well: let go and let God.
It’s really hard for many of us to let go and trust that others will take care of things because we’ve been let down before. I can’t imagine what it was like back in the 15 and 1600’s and making the choice to cross the ocean on a boat that may not make it to land, let alone the right place, the extremely limited resources that will be there if you get there and the utter lack of everything familiar. Even if we were to move to somewhere new today, we’d still have our phones and social media accounts and could connect with our old life and tap into resources. We would have challenges, yes, but nothing like what they faced.
And yet here we are almost at the end of another year, but this year being so very different than those of recent memory. We’ve had the worst hurricane season in years, fire season has been bad both in the US and Australia, and the world is working through a pandemic that has completely shut down parts of the world for months on end. The uncertainty of what shoe will drop the next day or week (even though we’ve already dropped way more than the two we can technically wear at one time) brings us back to the only thing we can truly do and that’s trust that God does indeed have our lives in His hands, that He cares about us just as much as He did the early settlers, and that we can get through this challenge too, just like we’ve done with the challenges in our history.
Maybe this Thanksgiving as you’re giving thanks for your food, whether alone or with family and/or friends, you’ll choose to take the day off from concerns and worries and just let God handle things for a bit. We’re not lemmings to just give up all control, direction and effort in our lives, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all benefit from a helping hand, especially one that has proven over and over again to be so very capable.