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Topic: Thanksgiving (04/18/05)
TITLE: A Choice to Obey
By Chris Miller
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seem to shake this verse as she drove to work. No reference came to mind, but just
the familiar words, probably memorized in Good News Club when she was a child.
A large, glowing ball on the horizon, the sun splashed the morning sky with
pinks and reds as the landscape waited expectantly for the new day. “ Thank
goodness; it’s Friday,” she yawned as she sipped her Starbucks and pulled into the
It had been a month since Bill had dumped Sarah. Sitting across from her at
dinner, he played nervously with his napkin, after the waiter had taken their order.
Avoiding eye contact, he mumbled awkwardly through his Dear John speech, as she
stared blankly at the man she thought loved her. At least, he could have waited until
after dessert to ax their relationship. Choking down spaghetti while stifling back
tears wasn’t her idea of a great date.
Sarah tried to reconcile the be thankful command with her latest relationship
loss. How could God expect her to say thank you for a broken heart and hurt pride.
Sometimes, even as a Christian, she questioned the expectations God placed on
Numbly, she searched her mind for other scripture to bridge the gap between
skepticism and faith. Her old standby came to mind. “ For it is God who works in
you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (NKJV) Perhaps the promise
from Philippians was the answer. In her own humanness, gratitude just didn’t come
She thought back through the years of reading and memorizing scripture Almost
reluctantly, she had to admit that God had been faithful in bringing verses to mind
when most needed. She guessed that was probably cause for thankfulness.
The glorious sunrise reminded her of Lamentations 3; 22. “Through the Lord’s
mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new
every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (NKJV) Tears stung her eyes as the
Holy Spirit whispered his loving reminder to her ravaged heart.
Even though she didn’t quite understand why yet another dating relationship had
ended in disappointment, she stepped out in faith and thanked God for being God.
Somehow her heart seemed lighter as she sang along with the radio. “Give thanks in
all things, for this is the will of God for you,” she quoted aloud. Maybe God did
know what He was doing with her life. She’d have to stay tuned.
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