Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Thanksgiving is this Monday for us Canadians, and I am ordering Chinese food. I can’t believe I just confessed that to you!
Due to a major church commitment, and a teenager’s eagerness to take a thanksgiving double pay shift, we aren’t going anywhere!
I decided that we can be just as thankful over Deep Fried Chicken Balls, as we can turkey gravy (and the rest of the insignificant thanksgiving meal items) the point is, we will be together.
Thankfulness isn’t about tradition, it is about trust.
When something is expected, or WE earned it, there is a sense of gratitude, but more like a “look what WE did God!” Thanks, for this food that I worked for, shopped for, prepared, and served. There is still, whether we beat ourselves to humility or not, a sense of ownership in our thankfulness.
However, when we learn to walk in a complete trust, and then God comes through, our thankfulness EXPLODES, deep from within us.
I believe that those who learn to TRUST God completely, experience a supernatural emotion of thankfulness.
As a single mother, with very little income; trusting God for the basics became second nature, because I had nowhere else to turn. Do you know how many times I prayed and said “God, I need diapers today” or “God, I need groceries” or “God I need a car”
In those moments, I had to trust God for an outcome that I could not make happen in my own strength. The outcome? Coming home to a bag of groceries on my door step with a note that read “thought you could use these” or a stranger coming up to me and handing me money “God told me to give you this.” Or the greatest moment of provision was 24 hours after I prayed a desperate prayer, that being 8 months pregnant, with a 2 year old, and it being December – walking for everything was getting very hard in the cold, I needed a car, but no money to buy one.”
My mom phoned me out of the blue 24 hours later, “Uncle Dennis phoned and wanted to know if you needed a car?” He was at an auction and was thinking of me…
8 hours later, I had a car, insured, registered, and parked in my driveway!
What do you say to a God who provides so supernaturally? How does thank you suffice? Thank you that you HEAR me. Thank you that you SEE me. Thank you that you show COMPASSION for me. Thank you that you PROVIDE.
When you are put in a place of complete trust in God, the thankfulness that you feel is richer, even richer than that amazing turkey gravy!!
Can we begin to surrender more, control less, so that we can experience true thankfulness?
David did, and he said that person who fully trusts in God, is like a well watered tree that crazy 8 year old ninja boys can climb, and nothing breaks off, and not only that we can eat from that tree, forever!
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.