I was so challenged the other day.
I read the story about the 10 lepers who met Jesus and asked Him to heal them. He directed them to go and show themselves to the priest. On their way they realized that they had been healed.
One would expect that they would go back and say a heartfelt thank you. Well, out of the ten only one ex leper came back praising God in a loud voice.
Luke 17:15-19 (NIV)
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
After I read this story I realized that sometimes I am like the 9 lepers. I ask, receive but fail to give thanks.
I should give thanks for both the big things and the ‘little’ things.
It has been so hot in the Coast the last couple of weeks, each time I go to the mall I pray that God will give me a good parking spot that is not too far from the door and in the shade. God is so gracious, He answers my prayers, regardless of how ridiculous they seem. Initially I used to be like ‘Yay! a parking spot’. A few days later, I was convicted that it was NOT a right to get the nice spot but He reserved the spot for me. From that day, I usually say a thank you prayer every time I park.
This December, I am shifting the focus. Lord knows, I have done a lot of asking this year. Some prayers were answered in a ‘favorable’ manner, some are still in the pending folder but all in all, it’s about time that I focused my energy on thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful for.
My motto for the month:-
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Oh that it may be my lifestyle.
I will start by thanking God for you who has taken time to stop by and read this blog. I pray that He will continue to refresh you.
While I was away, I got a new title; mommy <3. Hence the long break. It’s been quite an adventure – mommy tales on another day 🙂 . I am giving thanks for the toothless smiles, little hugs, baby conversations, kisses, and the blessing and precious soul that this little girl is.
It’s great to be back! Thank you Jesus for your sustenance.