Sometimes you want to know everything. All the details, the backstory, every morsel and tidbit attracts us. We are bombarded with news, stories and information from almost everywhere. But this morning, I was awakened to the idea that sometimes *not* knowing is the blessing.
Sometimes ignorance *IS* in fact, bliss.
My husband and I were discussing the upcoming holidays. I'm sure your family is in the middle of making all of your arrangements too. Where to stay? Who is coming? Sleeping arrangements and food preparations. Shopping for the meals and the gift exchange, boarding the dogs, the list seems endless at times. Every year we get through it and most of the time have good memories of it. Togetherness and thankfulness is really the core of what the gathering represents, isn't it? All of the busyness fades away when you share a moment with a loved one, one year, but then they're gone the next.
But there are other preparations to make too. The mental ones. The inventory and repackaging of our feelings dealing with that many friends and family at one time. All the togetherness. My family is close-knit and we know we can depend on one another when life is cruel, but we do have a lot of dynamics to balance. All kinds of personalities - strong and meek. All kinds of hurt - relationships or jobs. All kinds of economic position. All levels of education. All levels of participation. Let's tell the truth, some will always do more than others. Every family has them. I don't have to be specific with what struggles our family suffers, because I know if you're reading this, you have families, friends, co-workers, church members, neighbors with issues too. I know you get it. Some carry a burden greater than others, but it's relative and no less a burden to the person carrying it.
So my husband and I were talking and praying over some different issues facing our family and he said, "Thanksgiving may be a lot different than the ones in the past. So many are struggling this year. It seems unbalanced and unfair but I know we'll make the best of it and try to help where we can. I fear that some of our time together is going to feel awkward. Someone is bound to be uncomfortable."
I listened to what he said and then replied. "But the kids can't wait to go." We let that idea sit between us for a minute. We both recognized the power of what I just said and then I continued. "The kids have no idea what's going on and they are excited to see everyone. They just want to be with them."
Isn't that beautiful? That child-like innocence of not knowing about adult problems. Completely unaware of the struggles, strained relationships, job change, bills due, breakups, moving-ins and moving outs. All of it floats in a cloud above and away from a child's mind and heart. Life experience hasn't hardened them yet. We don't shield the children from everything, because ultimately that wouldn't teach them about love, compassion and serving others. But they don't need ALL of the information. They will grow up soon enough and we'll prepare them the best we can - just as you have done with your children. But for now, delight in their unknowing. Enjoy child-like wonder of being with people you love. And while you're at it, take time to thank God for all the things He shields from you every single day.
Seeds to Share:
Psalm 28:7 - The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 - Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.