Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks. In All Things.

Tomorrow will be a day when many across our nation will gather around feast-filled tables with family & friends. Laughter & stories will be shared and belly's will be satisfied with holiday goodness.

Perhaps for some, tomorrow will be a day of loneliness and tears, just another day to be reminded of the brokenness in difficult relationships. For some, it may be a day of prayer, wondering when Daddy will get a job — praying that God would send provision for the next meal, or electric bill.

We flip well worn Bible pages open to 1 Thessalonians where God's word says, "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God..." 

Wait a second. We're supposed to give God thanks when a boyfriend walks out of our life and says, "I never loved you in the first place"? We're supposed to give God thanks when we have no idea how we're going to pay the next rent bill? We're supposed to give thanks when getting together with family means times of fighting, tension and tears?

Give thanks. 
In ALL things.

You see, this year, God taught me about the Canaanite woman that He referred to as a DOG. Matthew 15:25-28 says, "Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour." The Canaanite woman was going to be grateful for a CRUMB fallen from the Master's table because she realized who her Master is and who she was.

My friend, we are nothing and we deserve nothing without Jesus Christ. If I was alone & abandoned by all, sick with cancer, starving and living in a cardboard box, and then died & went to Heaven to spend eternity with Christ in Heaven  it'd STILL be WAY better than I ever deserve.

Dear friend, instead of demanding MY right to what I should have, lets thank Jesus for crumbs from His table this Thanksgiving. We are blessed!

"It is sweet to be nothing and to have nothing, and to be fed with crumbs from Thy hands." 

Valley of Vision

1 comment:

Samantha R said...

I hope and pray you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Leah! Yes, indeed, we are to give thanks in all things and rejoice that God is good, always!