Welcome to Day 1 of our “Give Thanks in All Circumstances” plan, friends! If you missed the intro to this plan on Friday, it may help you to read that before you begin here.
Also, here is a direct link to this new plan on YouVersion if you prefer to follow along using the Bible app.
Text: Luke 17:11-19, Psalm 30
There are moments in our lives that define all the others, events so rich with joy that they divide our time on earth into that which came before and after.
These moments can take many forms. A gift, an accomplishment, an answer, an engagement. A marriage, a meeting, a miracle, a birth. Often the longed for thing sits ahead on the horizon, far out of reach. We place God in our sights between the thing and us, and we pray. We see Him as the pathway to it, the gatekeeper to what we want, what we need.
And when we arrive, what then? Do we dwell there in the gratitude, do we sit and savor? Do we offer up a “thank you” to correspond to each “please”? Or do we shift our gaze to a new horizon?
When Jesus healed the lepers, only one of the ten came back to give thanks. One of the ten saw the moment as more than just a blessing received. He saw it as an opportunity to turn toward the Giver.
“Where are the others?” asked Jesus. “Where have they all gone?”
When I look at the trajectory of my life, these defining moments are like dots on a map, places which orient the rest of my story. But when God looks at my life, He sees the whole. He sees the big and little moments and all the in-betweens, moving together seamlessly like notes in a lovely, intricate song. He wrote the melody and knows it by heart. It has never been a mystery to Him.
My joy is His joy, but it is more than that. It is a part of a story that is wholly beautiful and beautifully whole because He is in it all.
He is in the wanting, He is in the asking.
He is in the waiting, He is in the receiving.
He is in and before and beyond it all.
Will we turn to Him in joy just as we turn to Him in need?
Let us not be silent, Sisters, but let us give thanks to the One who is not just the means, but who is Himself the beginning and the end. Amen.
For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved hymn for each day of our Give Thanks plan. Today, we invite you to listen to “New Doxology” as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.