This is a question that always seems to work at our Thanksgiving table for going around. Even unbelievers can come up with an answer — and more mature believers might mention things the Lord has taught them, as well as new gifts from Him. Let’s try it here.
A gift God has given me is my new grand-daughter Tiki (Teaghan) and seeing the great affection her siblings have for her (here with my eldest grandchild Emily.) Oh the beauty and innocence of babies!
A truth God is teaching me is to want Him instead of always just wanting His gifts — and I’m absolutely craving intimacy with Him and sporadically experiencing it. Kisses when I meditate on the Scripture; unusual circumstances that show me He cares. This week I had a mouse get in the house and I have a phobia about mice. He got into my pantry and I was screaming as I pulled things out of the floor of my pantry and saw him running around. All that was left was a Coke carton so I threw a mousetrap in, slammed the door, and prayed it would be quick. Then I flung open the door, threw a towel over the trap, and threw it in the garage for my son to get later. When I opened the pantry, he was still alive — peering out of my coke carton. I cried, “God — how is this taking care of me?” I threw the towel over the carton and ran shrieking outside. He leaped out. At least he was outside, but I knew if he got in once, he could again. I sat on my couch and cried. (I know — it’s pathetic.) I said, “Lord — You promised to be my husband and take care of me and You know how I hate mice. How is this taking care of me?” (A lament of sorts.) At that moment I saw a movement on my porch and nervously peered out the window to see a neighbor’s cat sitting there, poised, guarding. He stayed all night. I realized he was a gift from God — to take care of the mice.
I keep thinking of that cat — and of the love of God — and for His patience for me. I think about Him saying, “If I care for the lilies of the field, I’ll care for you, Dee.” He does love me. He lets me experience pain to refine my character, but He does also love and want to protect me even more than I love and want to protect little Tiki.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving that you could not have been thankful for last Thanksgiving?