Thankful

Thankful. I am. For so many things. How I see and Who I know – these are in great part responsible for the ability to be thankful even in the midst of any difficulty or disappointment in life. Thankfulness is often an enigma, especially when we find in ourselves a whispered prayer to the Lord saying, “Thank You Lord, for Your presence in my life. Thank You for strength today. Thank You for Your plan, though I do not see it now. Thank You for hearing my prayer.” These prayers seem easy when the sky is bright, but how about when the sun sets, and darkness is all around? Oh remember, the Lord can paint amazing colors across any landscape of your life, and sometimes the most beautiful paintings appear in darker horizons.

Walking out to my car after a long day, I saw the sky brilliant with vivid color at the last moments of sunset. I grabbed my camera and tripod and went to my favorite tree there by the parking lot. Why do I love this tree so much? Of course, I love the exquisite array of branches reaching to the sky. And the view through the branches beyond to the sky is different every day. Sometimes God paints the sky with so many different colors that the camera sensor can’t even capture them all. But as I gaze at the view through the tree, I think about the view we MUST have – the things above, not the earthly things. Our life IS Christ. The BIG light in our life IS Christ – He IS the light of the world. Paul knew this when he wrote these words to the church at Colossae.

Listen to Paul’s words:

Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4

Paul knew great suffering in the course of his service in the name of the Lord (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). And yet his focus was steadfast and firm – the Lord Jesus Christ. His one great desire – to become more intimately and deeply acquainted with Christ (Philippians 3:8). So today, dear friend, let us together remember the main things and keep our minds set “on things above, not on earthly things.” Keep your eyes on the beauties of your Lord, and your heart will find a peace and joy in His magnificent loveliness as He paints His incredible array of colors into the landscape of your life. And stirring within will be a heart of thankfulness.

Thankful can be the first word of a new prayer to your Lord this week as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Lord, I’m thankful for … May He give you the extraordinary, supernatural ability to complete that prayer every day.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Like A Tree
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  • Description: Last moments of sunset highlighting a tree in Indian Wells, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 11/21/13
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, ISO 100 F11.0 3 Bracketed EXP.
  • Photoshoot: Spur of the moment parking lot sunset PhotoShoot at Indian Wells, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Photomatix Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software
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