Sometimes the language of thanks doesn’t come so easily to the tongue.
Like at 11:30 pm, when I was in the middle of making a cake, and no one should be making a cake at that hour, but I was because of ridiculous procrastination. With cake batter all over my apron and hands, I went into the living room and saw a big, long streak of light gray paint over creamy blush. Only this was not art. This was my dear husband trying to help me by covering a long black scratch etched into the wall by a chair. Only he hadn’t noticed that he grabbed the bucket of gray paint for my daughter’s room instead of the “Vanilla Flower” living room bucket.
In one moment, 21 years of Jose’s love, faithfulness, and service went out the window. I thought, “What? He just wrecked my living room wall. What’s up with him?” And I made that one little mistake big in my mind.
Actually my mistake was bigger than his.
Because my man may not be a painter, but he IS a keeper.
He loves God, and he loves me and our kids. He’s sensitive, funny, kind, and merciful. He’s intelligent, discerning, and wise. He fills the car with gas, pays the bills, and does the dishes every night. He makes great conversation. Moreover, he’s made me the happiest woman in the world. (And he did fix that wall!)
Sometimes I need to remind myself of the language of Thanks.
Maybe that’s a language we all need to remember.
- When elections and politics make us wonder if God really rules and reigns.
- When traffic, long bus rides, and supermarket lines send our peace out the window.
- When we’re tired and irritation grows.
- When we don’t see answers to our prayers for healing, for finances, or for a baby.
- When holding on to hope gets too hard.
When we need to remember the language of Thanks, God’s Word reminds us:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV)
Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. (Psalm 50:23a, NLT)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6 NLT)
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all…
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name. (1 Chronicles 29:11,13 NIV)
Let’s keep our hearts set on God and our eyes open to everyday gifts and the wonder He’s working all around us.
Now it’s your turn: Thoughts? Have you had a moment recently when giving thanks was hard?