Thanksgiving seems to be synonymous with a big fat turkey on a platter. This turkey tradition has confounded the less experienced cook giving rise to the Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line, begun in 1981. Most questions have to do with thawing procedures and cooking times. But some problems are unique, as with the man who tried to use the oven’s cleaning cycle to cook the turkey more quickly! One caller complained that her bird had no breast meat, not realizing it was upside-down!
Today’s verse has the word, “thanksgiving.” Our tendency is to be anxious when confronted with difficulty, especially when others have a front row seat to our dilemma. Whether our anxiety is understandable or completely manufactured by an over active imagination, there is only one thing to do with it; give it to the Lord in prayer. Regardless of the size or importance of our situation, our Heavenly Father does not want us to feel anxiety.
When we give our requests to the Lord, He asks that we do it with thanksgiving. We are to thank Him in advance for His answer, even if it is not the response we want or expect. Thanking Him before His response shows Him that we trust His power to act, His wisdom to know the right outcome, and His goodness to do what is best.
Today we thank Him for all His blessings. Everything that is good in my life is because of His grace. But He also wants me to thank Him for the answers still pending. I want to include in my thanksgiving praise for His good plan and future blessings yet unseen!
Thank you Lord, for how You will answer!