Giving Thanks in Amsterdam

I fell asleep last night with a sadness knowing when I woke up in the morning I would not be waking up surrounded by my family.  I talked to my sweet sister right before bed and I shared with her how I felt like I was missing out on one of my favorite days of the year: Thanksgiving Day.

I know God brought me to Amsterdam not to miss out on anything but to embrace a new experience with Him.  God knew this sadness in my heart last night and He prepared such a special gift for me this morning.

I woke up to a beautiful sunrise.  The light, the colors, the reflection; all so beautiful causing me to immediately thank God for this special gift He made just for me to enjoy with Him.

As I attempted to stare straight into the beauty of the sun I realized it is not possible for more than half a second before you have no choice but to close your eyes or turn them away from the bright sun.

As I turned my head I caught the reflection of the sun on buildings and rooftops.  I was struck by the glistening sun washing over all in sight.  It was a beautiful sight that filled me with such happiness and joy.

In an instant God really spoke to my heart through this picture-perfect moment with Him.

“I am the sun, Diane.  You need me every day.  Some days the sun is brighter than others.  Today is not the day to see me face to face, your eyes are not yet developed to see my complete glory.  I am training your eyes to see and appreciate the reflection of My light, love, and glory in your life and in the lives of so many others placed across your path.”

What a beautiful sight to behold.  Thank you Lord for shining so brightly that even on the cloudiest of days we can see your glory reflected in the hearts of those that love you!

Take time today, right where you are, to give thanks to God for the little or big things He has brought to your life.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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10 thoughts on “Giving Thanks in Amsterdam

  1. What a beautiful picture. God had a sweetway of reminding you and through your writings that we all need to be thankful for everything that God provides. Thank you for sharing and reminding us all of his greatness & love. Blessings and love to you my dear friend.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you Diane! God is always so good to remind us that He is always with us. I love the picture He gave you Missing you but I know that God is doing a wonderful work in your heart that you will use later to minister to many people. Love you!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Diane!! God is so faithful to be there when we need Him. Thanks for skating us to see the ways He’s revealing Himself to you. Love you! You are always in my prayers!

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