Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Giving Thanks: Part 1

I shall wash my hands in innocents,
And I will go about Your alter,
O Lord,
That I may proclaim with the voice of THANKSGIVING
And declare all Your wonders.
Psalm 26:6-7

Today I give thanks for the history that I have with the Lord.
Over the past few months, it seems that that the Lord has been bound and determined to make a permanent impression on my heart and mind. The brand: REMEMBER. Everywhere I turn lately, His Word, in prayer, at church, I am reminded to remember Him and the great things He has done. And so I give thanks today for His beautiful story, His poem of salvation that began in the garden and it still being written today.

Yesterday, I read this Scripture:

Today if you hear His Voice,
Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me,
And saw My works for forty years.
Therefore I was angry with this generation,
And said, "They always go astray in their heart,
And they did not know My ways."
As I swore in my wrath,
They shall not enter My rest.
Hebrews 3:7-11
{Originally from Psalm 95}

What sense! If I never remember what God has done for His people, or for me personally, any and every new challenge will be a shocking blow, and I will continually be gripped by fear and doubt and faithlessness. There is no rest for the forgetful. But...if I dwell and rejoice and give thanks for the works I know He has accomplished in the past, then it is with great confidence that I can endure the coming wilderness.

And so, with thanksgiving, I remember:
*He always provides::We are able to share
*I am surrounded by loving community::I am never alone
*He has bandaged and healed wounds in our marriage::He continues to make it stronger
*He is my Teacher::I am always learning
*He has blessed me with a daughter::I love being a mother
*He has rescued me::He has invited me to join The Cause

1 comment:

Sara Triana said...

No rest for the forgetful? That is striking. Thank you.

Side note: I will be reading Anna Karenina this winter. We can discuss it when I finish. Hoorah!