Two-Foot Tornado

November 15, 2001
by Michael Steckel

Luke 17:15 – One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. (NIV)

I have always been a neat person. I like things to be put in their place. If you want to spin me up, then mess up a room. When I get home from work, I like to sit down and just relax, but usually the living room looks like a tornado has gone through it. The first thing I usually do is to lose my temper and become upset that things are not put away. I look around for the one who made the mess, and I see a two-foot little girl who has been playing. Then I realize that instead of becoming angry, I should just be thankful that I have a healthy, beautiful girl.

It is sometimes easier to be angry with God than it is to give him thanks. We can always give God thanks that he gave his only Son to die in our place. He did not see it as too high a price to pay for us. He loves us and always watches over us. It is because of his gift of salvation that we should always give thanks to him, no matter what may be going on in our lives. We can always look to God and be thankful.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray that you would give us a heart of thanksgiving, so that no matter what our situation is, we may not forget what you have done for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Michael Steckel

Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

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