A Radio Message from God
By Denise Schmeer
Vacations are great! There we were my husband and I, driving up I-95 to our final destination – Lake Lure, North Carolina. The radio was tuned to a Christian station and we were happily singing along with the songs. Eventually the announcer came on and, seemly without warning, posed this question: “What if tomorrow, we woke up with only the things we thanked God for today?”
WHAT?? WAIT!! What did he say? WOW – to say that his words made my eyes pop out of my head is an understatement . . . a most startling thought for my vacation-focused mind!
Immediately, I found myself assessing what I had thanked God for yesterday. Then, WAIT, I thought . . . Did I even remember to thank God for anything yesterday? My mind began to race. I imaged, did I thank God for my children . . . my husband . . . our home . . . the food on our table . . . the country we live in . . . our Church family . . . the clothes on my back . . . every breath I took . . . our neighbors . . . the list in my head went on and on. Finally, I calmed down, but what “food for thought!” I mean, are we remembering to be thankful in our daily conversations with our Heavenly Father, or are we just giving God a shopping/laundry list of things we need from Him? How does that verse go? Rejoice always, pray continuously, and in ALL things give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
God’s will for us is to give thanks in ALL things . . . Hmmmm . . . not just the good things, but in ALL things. There must be a reason the Scripture says “all things.” Perhaps because the hard things are what help us grow? The tough roads are what strengthen us and the rough patches are what open our eyes to see our blessing more clearly. As God walks with us through the trials of life, our faith increases, our hearts grow softer, His light shines brighter in us and through us.
So, I will give thanks for “Mr. Radio Announce” and his wise and thought-provoking question: “What if tomorrow, we woke up with only the things we thanked God for today?”
Well, as for me, from now on, when my head hits the pillow and I close my eyes for the night, I am saying to God . . . “Thank you, God today – for everything and I do mean absolutely, everything!”