I share this quote every year around this time, because I absolutely love it!
When the present is difficult, we too easily forget past experience of God’s bounty, the tables spread with blessing when we were most conscious of our poverty and need. If we choose to remember the grace of God toward us in the past, the present is transformed by hope, and dry places become rich with the soul food for which we long. The gift of memory keeps us on the path. The wilderness of silence and solitude beckons us to discover once again that God loves and yearns for us. We are lured again and again by the Lover of our souls, whose unconditional love always waits to take us back, to forgive all our unfaithfulness.
– Elizabeth Canham, Feasting with God in the Wilderness p. 17-18
I have always loved this time of year. For me, fall = thanksgiving, and though I know we always have so much to be thankful for, this year’s season of thanks is particularly sweet. It is astounding to look back over the past couple of years and see what God has done in our lives. There were times over the past few years, when our present was difficult, that I nearly forgot past experiences of God’s bounty. I nearly forgot his supernatural goodness, and transforming grace toward us. But I will not do that this year. God is good in every season. He is good in the drought, and good in the harvest.