This past month, several friends have been taking part in the month of gratitude by posting each day what they are most thankful for on social media. I have participated and listed things ranging from the people that I am most grateful for all the way to something as simple as a hot cup of coffee.
Today, I want to give thanks for what I often take for granted, my Lord.
He is Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord who provides. When I look back over my life, there are many times when I should have hit bottom. There have been countless times where finances weren’t just low, they were nonexistent, and God would send us a blessing by way of a brother or sister in Christ, a break from one of our debtors or an unexpected job opportunity. As I sit here today, we may not have all we want, but God has provided us with all we need and for that I give him thanks.
He is Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord who heals. Immediately my thoughts take me back to this time last year when Peyton was in excruciating, unexplainable pain. I have never cried out to God like I did during those weeks, and He came through. Just last night, both my little girls were restless because of irritating coughs that kept them from laying down peacefully. I started to jump up and grab the cough medicine and changed my mind. Instead I prayed and asked God to touch my girls, to take away the cough and bring them comfort that only the Great Physician can bring…and off to sleep they went without another sound. His healing may not come in the ways we would like or in the timing we would prefer, but it is available to those who call on his name.
He is Abba, Father. As a parent, I know the lengths that I would go to for my children. As a Christian, I know that it still pales in comparison to what God has done and will do for me. He is not some distant, uncaring God. He is near to us and loves us with an unfailing love that is difficult to comprehend. In a world where love is often hinged on meeting expectations of another, God’s love is unconditional. When I am at my most unlovable, He still opens his arms wide and invites me to run into them.
So today, I give thanks to the one who is at times overlooked for all his goodness. I will praise the name of the Lord, for He alone is worthy of my praise.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
(Psalm 100:4 NLT)