Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever, (1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV).
Sometimes we like what life serves up—and sometimes we don’t. But most of the time it simply depends on the attitude of the person holding the spoon. Such was the case one evening when I went to dinner with friends to the Sanitary Fish Market.
I know that is a strange name for a seafood restaurant, but it was a great place that everyone frequented in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Because the food was good, I guess it was an added perk to know that it was sanitary as well.
When I was 18, I had dinner at the Sanitary with some friends. Three of us were Christians and usually took a moment to ask a blessing before we ate a meal, but we had not eaten in a restaurant with Larry before. Larry was a macho man who claimed to be in control of his own destiny. He didn’t need God. So when we bowed our heads to pray, Larry held his head high as if to say, “I might be at the same table with these people, but I’m not one of them.”
We all ordered clam chowder as an appetizer. We had the same waitress and same chowder from the same pot. We three Holy Rollers (the name we acquired because of a ten-second prayer) dipped our spoons into our bowls and tasted chowder full of tender clams and steamy potatoes.
Then proud Larry dipped in his spoon to retrieve only broth. “Why is your chowder full of clams and potatoes,” he demanded, “and all I have is broth?”
Larry was about to call the waitress over to complain when I looked up and said, “Well, maybe it’s because we asked God to bless ours and you didn’t.”
Larry didn’t complain to the fine people at the Sanitary but ate crow instead.
Just as we listen to God day-by-day, He is listening to us. And nothing warms His heart like a grateful and thankful heart. What is He hearing from you today?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for everything! Help me to always have a grateful heart that never ceases to be amazed and awed at Your protection and provision in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
Romans 1 is a sobering chapter. Right smack dab in the middle of the description of the perverse nation (which sounds an aweful lot like ours today), there is one line that strikes my heart. What does 1:21 say that the people refused to do?
Read David’s prayer of thanksgiving in 1 Chronicles 16:7-36.
Leave a comment and tell me 5 things you are thankful for in addition to Jesus and your family. I know you are thankful for those two above all else! Tell me 5 more things you are thankful for.
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