(Thanksgiving Thoughts, Part 2)
Thanksgiving is getting close!
This year, I will be up at the Fred Jordan Mission on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, speaking at an event they have been holding there for years. I will be joined by my friend Dennis Agajanian, who will share his music.
Remember us in prayer!
Thanksgiving with my grandparents
For a number of years, I lived with my grandparents, whom I called Mama Stella and Daddy Charles.
My grandmother was an amazing cook. She never reheated anything, and I don’t think she had ever seen a TV dinner (if she had, she wouldn’t be interested in one). She made everything from scratch, including the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted.
But the crowning achievement of my grandmother’s cooking was her biscuits. Once you started eating them, you couldn’t stop. Watching my grandmother make them, it appeared to be such a simple process. But no one could quite make it all work like her.
The ingredients were simple: vegetable oil, self-rising flour, and, of course, some buttermilk. None of those ingredients was appealing to me on its own. But she would blend it all together and then put it into a very hot oven.
And when she took those biscuits out, the results were good. Really good.
In the same way, God will take the events of our lives, the good things and the so-called bad things, and put them in the oven of adversity. When it is all done—sometimes much later—we will realize that it is good. What may seem bad today actually may be good tomorrow.
We need to trust God
To give thanks, we must recognize that God is in control of all of the circumstances in our lives. We must realize that God loves us and is always looking out for our eternal benefit, even if what we are presently going through is difficult.
We must remember that God is wiser than we are. He is always dealing with us for our eternal good. But sometimes, what is good for us eternally is not easy for us temporarily. God will make that decision and work in our lives.
There is so much to give thanks for. Have you been thanking God? Don’t wait until Thanksgiving Day. For the Christian, every day should be Thanksgiving.