This morning my husband told me a little story he had just read and it touched my heart as I saw real generosity and love expressed. Many, many years ago when a young girl saw her mother ask a neighbor to borrow a pinch of salt and she asked her why she did that. They had salt. Her mother replied that she knew they had been having a struggle but had salt. This way the neighbor would feel she could borrow something as well. This struck me so as I thought how easy it is to help others but how humility is expressed when we ask for help.
To me, those ideas are known as “angel messages from God” and when our thought is filled with love, we can hear those. Today, I will listen for those messages. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Someone I love is going through a challenge and I want to help! Since I have contacts, it seems natural to help get this done. Also, there are financial resources needed and I feel I can make the needed phone calls. Then, as I quieten my thoughts in prayer, it comes to me to slow down and turn wholeheartedly to God. Certainly I will take human footsteps as I am led, but I needn’t yield to human will, but to God. My heart overflows with gratitude to witness my own growth.
There was a time when I would have gotten the job done one way or another, but by willful force. My gratitude is that I now realize I don’t know the spiritual growth this person needs and God is always on the job and I trust Him implicitly. Have been praying with 1 Thessalonians 5:18 which reads “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Recently, our grandson, who is graduating from college with honors, was awarded a scholarship for his masters degree in another state. There is a fellowship given of $10,000 to several and our grandson was the first alternate. Last week we drove over to take pictures of him in his cap and gown. While there, we were talking about how we could help with expenses while he finds a part time job when he moves. As I told him I was praying he responded he didn’t want to get the money if someone else had to turn it down due to illness or anything like that.
We talked and knew God didn’t work like that because what blesses one blesses all. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I prayed with that verse.
Yesterday, he called so thrilled. He had been awarded $10,000 for expenses. The young man that had turned it down had been granted another one from another school which had been his first choice. God is the only power there is and I will claim that today.
Recently, my husband and I were driving the back roads in the Hill Country where we live. This is one of our favorite things to do since he is a photographer and I am an artist. As we came upon this bridge and got out of the car, on one side we looked down at the rapidly flowing waterfalls, which were just amazing! But, by turning to the other side of the bridge and looking down, the water was flowing calmly and very serene. We stood there in amazement looking from one side to the other. Soon I was thinking about life realizing no matter the scene, just by raising and turning our thought, we can see peace and harmony.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Sometimes all we need to do is face the other direction.
As I read my devotional this morning, complaining and criticizing was addressed as thinking we could run the universe better than God. In pondering this, I realized that in my limited viewpoint where I cannot see the whole picture I may have entertained that thought unknowingly when I was wishing things to be different. Humbly, I give gratitude that God is always in control and my human opinion matters not at all.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Whenever I become anxious or complain, that suggests that I know better than God on how to govern my world. I am not aware of everything He knows and sees and today I will be so grateful that governing the universe is not my job! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I wish all a very Happy Easter and know He is risen!