I’m reading a great book right now, Overwhelmed: Winning the War Against Worry by Perry Noble. I love his examples of showing us how truly AWEsome our God is. Noble writes, “He is not threatened by our circumstances or situation – He is a grave-robbing, water-walking, miracle-working, death defying God, and He’s able to pull you through anything you have to face in this life.” Wow! That’s a God who deserves all our thanks and praise.
Last year I wrote a post about all the things I was thankful for. That list is still accurate and continues to grow. God provided me with a man who breaks his back and sacrifices every day to raise food for a growing global population and to provide for us. He gave me the most amazing families; one I was born into and continues to bless me daily and another I married into and continues to welcome me with open arms. He provided a community with wonderful friends and a fabulous Church family. God keeps long-time friends in my life who encourage and bless me. He gives me comfort, enough to eat, a strong body and a capable mind with which to serve him, and placed me in the best country on earth. In America we have abundance of food, freedom to worship and share ideas, courageous individuals to serve in our military, hard-working people to teach, protect, serve and provide us with affordable food, fuel and electricity. I could literally go on and on.
I pray your Thanksgiving is filled with safe travels, good food, loving people and a time to reflect on all the good God provides. Even in out toughest circumstances, God is working.
Back to the book I’m reading, Noble writes, “Every time I’ve walked through the fire, He has allowed me to do so in order for me to see Him more clearly and follow Him more closely. How would we know He’s a healer if we didn’t experience times when we need to be healed? How would we know He’s a Savior if we didn’t experience things we needed to be saved from? How would we know He’s a provider if we didn’t experience times when we thought we weren’t going to make it?…He is holy and He is good, He promised to always be with us, and He is in complete control. All we need to do is open our eyes.”
God Bless You and American Agriculture on this Thanksgiving,
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.”
Daniel 2:20-23 (NIV)