"Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" Psalm 106:1 ESV
I have been considering what it means to be thankful, these last few days. Maybe, it is because Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner as I write this? I was reading an old story that someone had sent me on thankfulness, and I want to share it with you. I don't know who originally wrote this story, but it was not me.
There was a woman at work and while she is working she receives a phone call from the babysitter saying, "your daughter is sick with a fever." The woman leaves immediately stopping at the pharmacy to pick up medicine for her child. She goes back to her car and realizes that she is locked out! At this time, she begins to panic and calls the babysitter. The babysitter tells her to please hurry because her child is getting worse and gives her the advice to look for a metal coat hanger, so she can pick her car. The lady in a panic begins to look for a hanger and finds an old rusty one in the parking lot.
She looks at the hanger and thinks, "I have no idea on how to use this thing?" And she begins to pray for God to deliver someone to help her in this time of crisis. All of a sudden, an old rusty car pulls up with a dirty, greasy old man wearing a skull cap. The woman is thinking, "God, this is who you sent to help me?" But yet she was so desperate that she was still very thankful.
She explains her situation to the man, that her daughter is very sick and that she needs to get to her as soon as possible; however, she locked her keys in the car.
In less than one minute the man had her car unlocked. The woman hugs him and while she is crying says, "you’re a very nice man." The man replies to her, "lady, I'm not a nice man I just got out of prison yesterday for car theft." The woman hugs the man again and with tears in her eyes says, "Oh Thank you, God! You even sent me a professional!"
This fun story reminds me of what Paul tells the Philippian believers. He tells them to pray about everything, just like this woman stopped to pray for help. Paul also tells us to be thankful in our prayers. Just like the woman in this story was grateful for any help, regardless of who, it was and once she had received the support was even more thankful.
Are we thankful for God sending His one and only Son to us this Season? Are we grateful that we can be called His Children? And do we appreciate that He has given us His Spirit to help us glorify Him in our daily journey?
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7 ESV