Blog – 11-23-16
Thanksgiving, that one day of the year we are intentional about giving thanks. A day filled with tradition as we gather with family and friends, eat too much, and reflect on all we have to be grateful for. It’s the one day of the year when gratitude is front and center.
I read a beautiful line in “Jesus Calling” today. It said, “A thankful attitude opens windows of heaven.” What a powerful image that is…and so true. Gratitude does so many things for our soul. Thankfulness helps us see that the window into heaven is filled with rooms full of love, peace, and unending joy. It’s overflowing with beauty we can only imagine.
When we look up and adopt a spirit of worship and praise, we get glimpses of God’s glory. We lose the fear and anxiety we feel when we look around us at the world we live in because when we look up, we find the renewed hope our hearts long for.
Gratitude doesn’t change our situation, but it definitely enhances our view!
I have found that when I’m looking up, with praise in my heart, the trouble around me shrinks in size and depth. No matter what is going on in my life, cracking that window to heaven open even a tiny little bit changes everything.
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
This verse talks about a lot of adversity, no crops, no fruit on the trees, no livestock in the pens, yet the writer remains joyful. The adversity the writer of the Psalm describes sounds a little bit like today’s world, doesn’t it, because there are many things we can be worried and anxious about. So how can we honestly and authentically rejoice when we don’t feel joyful?
Just do it! Really. It’s that simple.
Sing a hymn you love or a worship song until your heart is convinced and your soul believes that God is in control and He has this!
Lift your hands to the sky and thank the Creator of the universe for every little blessing, even the lights and the furnace, until your praise becomes real!
Worship God in His glory by taking your eyes off yourself. Catch a glimpse of heaven!
So feast on turkey, eat too much, take a nap, laugh with family and friends, watch some football; but please, take some time to look up and crack open that window to heaven. Seize the opportunity to thank your Heavenly Father for the ultimate gift, your salvation in Jesus Christ.
Now that’s something to be thankful for!
Hugs and love,