I remember it happened when we were driving back from Oregon long before I was married. It could have been a partly cloudy day. On that drive, it was just Mom, Dad and me. Mom reminisced on her childhood telling me of an incredible story, I countered sharply, “Are you lying to me?!”
Mom replied, “Why would I lie to you?! I would not lie to you!”
Yes, I haven’t told you at all the content of the conversation. Here’s what happened: Mom remembered a story of her dad praying one day from morning to sometime in the afternoon during a drought season in Cambodia. By nature and lifestyle: Mom grew up a farmer and farmer’s daughter. They grew different vegetables and had rice fields. Rain had not come for days on end. Food was scarce, the plight of the future left them afraid.
My grandpa pleaded with God for rain. Mom tells me what happened after hours of prayer, a Modern-Day-Elijah, then my grandpa (and their family including my mom) witnessed God revealing his power! God’s gift of grace through a single rain cloud. Mom described seeing the rain cloud above their piece of land. COULD YOU IMAGINE?! All blue skies, humid and hot weather in Cambodia. There has been no rain for days, weeks (and I have not asked if it was months) and this single rain cloud upon their land.
I laugh when I think about this story because 1) it was incredible 2) how I responded to my mom after she told me of this miracle: Are you lying?! or in other words: Unbelievable! Miraculous!
It was then and still is now: when God shows up, it’s going to be loss to the lost and treasure for those seeking to find.
Friend, many times we will witness miracles small and large. We have to treasure miracles in our hearts and be thankful.
I know we’re in the midst of the COVID-19, we feel like a drought in our heart with our circumstances… financial, loss of work, or strained relationships, but will you join me in listing all our blessings? If you are in the United States, you have much to be grateful for! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we are told, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Make your list and keep adding to it this week.
Here are my things I am thankful for:
Church online, videos, movies appliances, food, clothing, shelter, front yard, back yard, trampoline, Tutorials, art, pens, journals, books, Bibles, hobbies, husband, children, baby monitor, hot and cold water, clean water, three bedrooms and one a& a half bathrooms. I’m thankful for Jesus, for faith, for victory, for identity; I’m thankful for in laws, I am thankful for crafts, I am thankful for technology, and I am thankful for so much more!
As you list that which God has allowed you to have, may it declare the glory of his wonders. If you need, step out and stare at the sky, look at the birds!
Let’s pray: Father,I thank you that you are good. You give gifts to those you love; even rain falls on all. Rain falls when I do good and when we do less than good. Thank you for grace. God, I thank you for all that I have. Give us wisdom to see all you have given to me. Grow in me gratitude, I ask, that I will declare your goodness and your gifts.