A Thanksgiving Whisper: For What Are We Thankful This Thanksgiving?
Psst, got a minute? This cute baby’s picture caught my eye! It’s almost as if the baby is speaking with his gaze… I’m cute… I’m fine…I know who I am and I’m happy. Can you hear that? I notice he has no arms and no legs. I cringe and say, oh no my God how can this be? How will this baby make it? Does anyone care? In a whisper, I heard – for what are we thankful this thanksgiving?
Yeah, I heard it, but… maybe I was trying to ignore the question. Maybe I was trying not to answer.
When his parents have passed on in this cycle of life, who will care for this child, I pondered?
I thought I heard a whisper or maybe it was just the sound of my thoughts, “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” Psalm 27:10
Continuing… I thought what awaits this child?
This world is sinful, heartless, hateful and bitter.
I felt an overwhelming sense of fear for the baby in the picture, and somewhat indignantly protested why was that baby born that way?
I heard a gentle almost serene whisper in my ear, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your
works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14.
Lord so many wicked and evil men (and women) have been born with all their perfectly functioning body parts, yet they have been the manifestation of evil in the flesh.
So I asked, why Lord?
Then I heard in my mind, “But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God?”
“Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”
“Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” Romans 9:20.
I sat there quietly, for what felt like a very long time. Then I understood that the Lord has a special plan for this baby.
I don’t know what the plan is… I don’t know when it’s going to happen…
But I clearly heard a voice…
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I can’t say one way or another, whether the voice was male or female, yet it was a very pleasant voice.
From the book of Job,
I remembered when the Lord asked Job, “where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand?” Job 38: 4
Job was unable to answer.
Likewise, I dare not presume to know the breadth and wisdom of God.
I felt my worries and concerns disappear as I heard,
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Then, I woke up.
I am not religious. However, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and for that I am grateful and not ashamed!
It’s Thanksgiving and the question is “for what are we thankful this Thanksgiving?”
Maybe I’ve already answered the question. Still, I am going to dwell on the positive and not on the negative which is merely a shadow of the things of this world.
In my heart, I know that the Lord has got this covered already and he is going to take care of that precious baby and He has a special plan for that baby.
And you know something, I feel peace and contentment in my heart about that baby. (BTW, I only know the baby by the picture, have never met him or seen him) but I know that the Lord has the situation under control!
Thank you Lord that you know the thoughts of our minds and the concerns and uncertainties of our lives.
Thank you Lord that you have created this child and you have a very special plan for this child’s life because nothing is impossible for you.
Some people may think that this baby’s condition is a result of sin or a curse, they don’t understand that your ways are higher than our ways and your thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
When focusing on our own strength it’s difficult to see beyond the clouds.
When we focus and rely on others we get disappointment and heartache.
Only when we focus on you Lord can our strength be renewed.
Only when we rely on you Lord can real victory be achieved.
You Lord Jesus Christ are the source of our total supply, you give us the strength to carry on and you have never failed us and never will.
You created that baby Lord Jesus and I would be a fool to think it was a mistake.
You created that baby to accomplish your own will and purpose O’God and I know you have richness and fullness and blessings stored for that child Lord.
Nothing is impossible for you, Jesus.
Help us not to complain, but to understand that you will accomplish your will and purpose for our lives because you make no mistakes.
Give me wisdom and understanding Lord Jesus so that I may see your wisdom and glory even in my own life.
I have a lot to be thankful for today Lord, because you are God, NOT me!
In the U.S.A. we have the privilege of being Thankful and celebrating with a thanksgiving meal.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Share it with us and leave a comment below.