The Value Of A Thankful Heart
by Mitch Haynie
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5-Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6-Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7-And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Her big brown eyes looked into mine with complete love and trust as she climbed into my lap. With all the strength and power her little arms could muster she hugged me tight and said “Daddy I love you so much!” I engulfed her in my arms and held her tight telling her that I loved her more than she could ever know. As her little face turned up towards mine I could see that something was on her mind and yet she didn’t seem to be worried or upset about it. Our eyes locked and a smile that lit up the room spread across her precious little face as she said, “Daddy thank you for taking care of me.” I told her she was welcome and that I enjoyed taking care of her because she was so special to me.
Her smile brightened even more and she laid her head against my chest. “Daddy I need to ask you something.” “What is it baby?” I asked with a heart that desired to give her answers to her question and help for whatever she needed. “Daddy you know the new Barbie house you and mommy gave me for my birthday, I was playing with it and the door came off, I think I broke it.” Her words were pleading yet not upset or hopeless. “I see, well I am sorry that happened baby, but you don’t seem to be too worried about it.” Her confident reply took me by surprise and caused me to realize just how much she trusted me and believed that I could solve her problem. “No daddy, I am not worried I know you can fix it, you can fix anything that’s why I wanted to ask you to look at it. I didn’t mean to break it, I really like it and I wanted to thank you for giving it to me. Are you mad?” Her words pierced through my already soft heart like an arrow and I realized that she was sincerely reaching out to the one she knew could solve her dilemma. “No baby girl I am not mad, we all make mistakes and I know you didn’t mean to break it, in fact I’ll bet I can fix it right up just as good as new, lets go take a look.”
Her little face could not have contained another ounce of smile as she bounded off my lap and took me by the hand guiding me to her room and the toy in need of my rescue. Within moments I had snapped the door back into place on her doll house and I just stood in the door of her room watching her play with it in complete joy and abandoned, as if nothing had ever happened. As I started to turn and leave her room her little voice caught my attention and I turned back to look at her. “Thank you daddy, I knew you could fix it, I love you so much and I will be more careful with it, I promise.”
My oldest daughter was seven or eight at the time and I will never forget the lesson God taught me in that tender and loving moment with her. God showed me the relationship that we have with Him, the relationship He desires with us. It was our relationship my daughter was concerned with, and she wanted to first communicate her love and trust in me. She also wanted to assure me that she was thankful for everything I provided for her and the gifts she had been given. She wanted to express her love and thankfulness that I was her daddy and that she could ask me for help with anything that was bothering her. What struck me most was her confidence in me and the absence of worry or fear in coming to me about her broken toy. It was the faith of a child and the assurance of our relationship and love that gave her the confidence and freedom to come to me.
God showed me that this is the same confidence that we have in Him. We can approach God with complete trust and love because He desires to help us with whatever we need. When we present our concerns, needs, hurts and disappointments to Him with a thankful heart He responds with a Father’s love and will fix our broken hearts and lives. When we are first thankful we are telling God that we are most concerned about our relationship with Him and desire most of all just to love Him and be loved by Him. When we tell God what is hurting or what is broken in our lives with the faith of a child it removes worry and fear and brings us a sense of peace that defies human understanding. We also communicate to God our total confidence in Him and our belief that He can do for us what we ask.
I want to challenge you to go and climb up in your Daddy’s lap. Look into His gentle and loving eyes and tell Him how much you love Him and trust Him. Wrap your arms around Him and let Him hold you with His incredible grace, joy and peace. Tell your Daddy how thankful you are that He loves you and takes care of you and let Him know that you have the confidence in Him to fix anything in your life. Not just in this season but everyday I challenge and encourage you experience the joy and peace of spending time with your Father in Heaven. Approach Him with confidence and thankfulness and allow His love and grace to heal your heart and fix any broken parts or pieces in your life.
Just trust in your Daddy God “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
© Mitch Haynie 2010 Permission to reprint or post with credit
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I can't tell you how much this moved me! This speaks volumes about our relationship with our heavenly Father. This needs to be read far and wide! Wonderful, wonderful job! (You might want to fix the transposition of letters in your title.) God bless!