In the Psalms David said surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. I have always been fascinated by David’s statement and it has made me ask the question ‘what is following me’.
I think we all need to stop sometimes and do a quick review of what we see when we look behind us. David made that statement when he declared the goodness of having God as his shepherd. David understood that our choices have consequences
When Paul wrote to the church in Colossae he said to them “and now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
What pours out of our lives is always a reflection of what is going on in our lives and Paul challenges the Colossians and that challenge remains for us today, we can measure how well we are doing with the outflow of thankfulness in our lives.
The author Bangambiki Habyarimana said in his book Pearls of wisdom “If you think that no miracles ever happened to you, remember that every morning when you wake up, you experience a resurrection”
If our roots are growing into Christ and if our lives are being built on his values and teaching then our faith will grow stronger and we would be full of thankfulness to the point that it pours out of us.
So when you look behind you, are you being followed by a trail of thankfulness.
Kallen Kitty’s song ‘little things mean a lot’ have been used in various adverts and the very catchy songs starts with the simple words ‘Blow me a kiss from across the room. Say I look nice when I'm not. Touch my hair as you pass my chair. Little things mean a lot.’
I love the sentiments of the song because in life we soon discovered that it is the little things we take for granted that really matters and mean a lot. I want you to imagine what would happen if you lost your taste buds and your sense of smell. Just imagine what would happen to your ability to enjoy and appreciate a good meal.
I wonder when was the last time you thanked God for giving you Olfactory receptors that enables you to smell and your Papillae which contains your taste buds that enable you to taste the difference between sweet or sour food and the different flavours of food you enjoy.
The psalmist said in Psalm 9 “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds”.
One of the wonders of being human is that God has given us food to enjoy and to nourish us. Good food is one of God’s wonderful gifts to us.
As you eat your food today, why not stop, take a moment and thank God for his wonderful deeds, for his attention to detail and his great love for us. Those little receptors in our mouths and noses are wonderful things we need to be grateful for.
There have been times in the past when I have been so consumed by life that I have not realised that my prayer has been answered. There are also times when I have simply taken God for granted when it comes to the receiving the basics in life such as food, shelter and good health.
In this passage we read that only one of the 10 lepers whom Jesus healed returned to him to give thanks. He was a Samaritan. I often wonder why the other nine didn’t return with the Samaritan to give thanks to Jesus. Perhaps, in their joy, they simply focused on telling their friends and family what had happened. Or maybe they didn’t think that Jesus was the reason for their answered prayer. Either way, Jesus simply appreciated the gratitude of the Samaritan.
It’s also interesting to note that Jesus told the returning Samaritan that it was his faith that made him well. There seems to be a connection with faith and thanksgiving. When the 2 are combined, God’s power is released. When we give thanks to God, we are exercising our faith by recognising that He is the source of all good things.
I have come to believe that as Christians, giving thanks to God doesn’t always come naturally or automatically. Sometimes we need reminders of the goodness of God and to take a conscious effort to give Him the praise that’s due. The old chorus says “count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done…”. We truly have so much to give God thanks for. During our thanksgiving week, let’s count our many blessing and give God thanks.