A month ago, I along with my father engaged ourselves in a task we considered Herculean and kept pending for several weeks. We wanted to segregate all the clothes of my late mother and late grandmother and distribute among the people around us. With utmost care, keeping each person to whom we wanted to give in mind, and the choices they may like, we carefully bundled up the clothes and labelled it. Each of these clothes were precious to us, not because it was made of silk, or any other expensive material but because it belonged to our dear own mother’s.
I was curious to know how each of them felt on receiving it and whether they liked it. So each evening when I returned from office, I asked my dad if our cook or the domestic maid or the lady who sold vegetables and greens for us in the past, express any joy or happiness over the bundle they received. I was disappointed when I heard that none of them ever passed a remark, or a note of thanks.
As I kept pondering why they did not respond and how people can take things for granted, I started reflecting on my own self. I get disappointed when people do not appreciate or respond to the small gifts given to them with love and concern. But how sensitive am I to the immeasurable gifts God gives me and His Grace? Am I not taking things for granted?
When the material blessings overflow, when we are being held up as a responsible person, when we are looked upon by those around us, when the blessing of family and friends surround us, when everything we do prospers – God’s gift of Grace becomes insignificant and the feeling of earning all these through self-efforts dominate. Finally, God’s Grace that is so magnificent and so great to the extent of supplying ALL our needs, whether we deserve it or not (Phil 4:19) is taken for granted.
If we can do things with love for others and expect a note of thanks, how much more love and concern God showers on each one of us in giving good gifts and designing our life’s paths? Jesus Himself says this in Matthew 7: 9 -11 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Not just that, Jesus has also set an example by giving thanks to His Father in things as simple as breaking the bread (Matthew 26:26). We also see how the Scripture (Luke 17:11-19) gives importance and records the thanking heart of one of the ten lepers who was healed. Luke 17:15 says, “When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back. He praised God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.” and Jesus asks where the other Nine are.
My dear friends in Christ, May we take time to reflect on how grateful we have been to have Jesus in our lives? Are we like that one leper or like the other nine? On this Thanksgiving Day, may we start thanking God for who HE is, and not for what He does to us visibly? Shall we thank Him continually for His inexhaustible treasure of daily presence with us? Everything that we have is given by HIM and all our needs are satisfied by Him. So let’s thank Him always.
Grow Flowers of Gratitude in the Soil of Prayer.