Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

"He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God." Psalm 50:23

Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors God.

Why? Because when I'm thankful, truly thankful (not just saying it), I keep a much lighter hold on the things of this world. In thanking Him, I come to recognize that the Lord is providing all, so I stop striving. I no longer need to exert myself, or use up all my energy, or struggle and fight to get things, look good, or receive honors.

I don't need to impress God.

I need to obey Him.

That pretty much takes my hands off the steering wheel of my own life. It used to seem scary to me to be "hands off", and I can't claim to have totally relinquished that desire to run things, but I can assure you that I have seen how the Lord's guidance prospers me in those things that are most important. 

When I stop and thank Him for what He sees fit to provide and for His guidance, I "order my way aright", or to put it another way, when I keep to God's path I truly prosper in life. 

Hands off. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Autumn

Have you ever noticed how the palette of landscape colors change in autumn? Of course you have. Who hasn't? The shift from cool to warm colors is so refreshing. After months of green-green-green (more in some parts of the world than others) we suddenly have yellow, orange and red ablaze everywhere.

Isn't that just like the Lord? He "causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45)," but He also comforts the senses with the warmth of color before we plunge into winter.

Aspen Glow, 12x18", pastel