We recently celebrated one of the biggest holidays of the year. While Thanksgiving is a time for us to be thankful for the blessings we have received, one important part of this holiday is Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.

A traditional Thanksgiving menu is typically composed of turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, ham, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, field peas, string beans, corn, potato salad, chicken, various types of casseroles, numerous desserts, and a host of other traditional favorites.

A nontraditional meal might include raccoon, opossum, frog legs, rabbit, squirrel, catfish, venison (deer), chitterlings, rattlesnake or turtle.

Whether you enjoyed a traditional meal, a nontraditional meal, or a combination of both, the blessing is that, in spite of all challenges we have all encountered in 2020, you still had a Thanksgiving meal. Depending on the amount of food that was prepared, there were probably some leftovers.

According to John 6:13-14, after feeding more than 5,000 people with five barley loves and two fish, the Bible reveals that there were 12 baskets of leftovers. The leftovers in this passage of scripture teach us about some of the attributes of God.

The first lesson we learn is that God always provides exactly what we need. In spite of the great need and the limited resources that were available in John 6, God still provided what was needed. In light of the many challenges we may have encountered in 2020, God still provided everything we needed and more. Whether you will admit it or not, God has always provided what was needed, and he will never fail to meet our need.

The second lesson is that God has all power. It does not matter how difficult the challenges of navigating life are or may become, there is nothing that the power of God can’t help us manage, withstand and ultimately overcome.

Whatever God decides to do and however he decides to do it, there is no one who can stop God from using his power to work situations out for our good (Romans 8:28) and ultimately his glory.

Finally, we learn that God fulfills his promises. John 6:14 (NIV) states, After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus’ actions proved that he was the prophet that was promised to come.

In essence, what God promised to do, he did. The good news is that this was not an anomaly. God will always keep his promises. No matter what, God will do exactly what he has promised to do.

As you consider what to do with the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers, take a minute or two and reflect on the lessons from the leftovers and be encouraged because the God who has always provided for us still has all power, and he will always keep his promises!

Rev. Dr. Deonia Simmons is the senior pastor at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on Hilton Head Island and author of “The Winning Way: Gaining Victory Over Anxiety and Depression.” mountcalvarymbc.com