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Has this happened to you? Suddenly, without warning...POOF, the problem is gone. A need has been met in ways no one could have dreamed up in a human mind. A simple thanks just doesn't seem to match the gift.

When a Simple Thanks Doesn’t Match the Gift

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Here is my dilemma y’all.  I have labored in prayer over a need.  My mind has been occupied by this trouble for months now.  It starts in the morning, and ends as my eyes close.  It’s always there as I go about my day.  It is a constant petition on behalf of my loved one.

So then, suddenly, without warning…POOF, the problem is gone.  The need has been met in ways no one could have dreamed up in a human mind.  I am stunned.  I am thankful.

 

But mere thanks just doesn’t seem enough after the amount of time I have suffered in prayer.  Shouldn’t the thanks be equal or greater than the petition? But oftentimes the only thing I have to offer Him comes from my mouth, “Thank you.”  But, y’all, those words just don’t seem enough.

Has this happened to you? Suddenly, without warning...POOF, the problem is gone. A need has been met in ways no one could have dreamed up in a human mind. A simple thanks just doesn't seem to match the gift.

In scripture, the children of Israel were finally heading to the Promise Land after many distractions and delays.  God recreated the crossing of the Red Sea for this new generation of Israelites as they set out across the Jordan River.  I’ll bet as their feet kicked up dust in that river bed…wide-eyed at the wall of commanded water on the right and on the left, they remembered the history of their fathers.    Read the story here.   Joshua commanded that twelve stones to be set up in the middle of the river.  The purpose?  Family discussions. This moment in time will live because children will ask and someone will answer.  Remembering is prolonged thankfulness.

And this is what I want to offer Jesus.  A remembrance of a difficult prayer answered.  Something created by me so that those who weren’t there might ask and I might tell.  For God is GOOD.  And He loves mightily.

I haven’t put my idea into action yet, but I have plans for my own memorial “stones.”  They involve a blank area of my dining room, PicMonkey graphics and Walgreen’s photo shop.  I will be creating colorful signs that I will order in various sizes to create a space of refection, questions and thankfulness.  This will be a summer project and I will post pictures once it is completed.  I can just see it now…   Ziva will ask, “Granna, what is that for?”  and drawing her close I will say,  “Come let me tell you about the times God was so good…”  She will ask and I will tell.

Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live.For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life,so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone. 2 Peter 1:12-15 NLT

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5 thoughts on “When a Simple Thanks Doesn’t Match the Gift

  1. What a beautiful idea. You also bring attention to how much we need to proclaim God is good, very good.

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    • Proclaiming the history of God’s goodness toward our family has become so important to me. I am going to call my display I am working on The Red Sea Wall or something similar…a place where we will always remember God’s blessings. Thanks for your comment.

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