November is my favorite month of the year.
The Texas weather is cooling down, just a little more drastically everyday, and the crisp air is refreshing. Everywhere you go it smells like vanilla, cinnamon, or pumpkin spice, and it seems to instantly warm you up. Hot tea in big mugs is completely appropriate at all times of the day, and baked goods are in no short supply. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the mere anticipation of plans and menus for the day is exciting.
In this season of my life, my favorite November has begun with a lot of pain and sadness.
I am fearful of the unknown and grabbing in the dark for some sense of control.
I am struggling to see the good in God's plans as there seems to be no end in sight for the suffering.
A Cloudy November
by Sojung Lee
As I search for relief from my suffering, I've realized I must do this:
Be grateful and cling to the Lord's graciousness.
The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
- Exodus 14:14
This November, my favorite November:
I will stop fighting the pain and sadness but embrace it.
I will stop fighting to know what I am not meant to know.
I will stop fighting for control.
I will be silent and let the Lord fight for me.
I will be silent and be filled with gratitude.