Every Good Gift
So…how are you today? I’ve been thinking about you…praying for you…loving you at a distance. You are teaching me so much. I can’t begin to tell you. I am glad of you, glad for you, glad to know you (or to be getting to know you), glad for Whose you are and for the difference He is making here through you. You are bringing good. And our friends and neighbors need good. Our churches need good. They know it when they see it. So do I. I see it in you. It honors Him well.
Since Thanksgiving is approaching…and since I have had so much for which to be thankful lately…and since I love reading your thoughts…I thought I’d ask you, if you can find the time, to share a few words with us about one of His good gifts to you which has helped you so much. Just pick one. Have you found that it is helpful to be specific, at least sometimes, when you are thinking along these lines? It helps me to try to analyze, just a bit, the preciousness of His good gifts. You get to pick whatever gift you want…someone, something, a time, a feeling, a scripture, a victory, a piece of advice, a letter, a card, a disappointment…something, anything, anyone in which you became keenly aware that Father God was involved.
I’ll begin. Many years ago (okay, 35 to be exact), I was planning to go to preaching school in the foreign country of Lubbock, Texas. The church where I grew up was paying my way. Just a few weeks before I was to leave, there were some ripples over my decision to get a different car (which I had justified in my own mind because of all the miles I would have to be driving for the next two years). When I heard about the ripples, I was upset and defensive. I was ready to cancel my plans for school. Somehow, even in my youthful pride, God got through to me…convinced me to ask the advice of a preacher who was a great friend to me. His name was Foy Anderson. Foy suggested that I should go ahead with my plans. He felt like the trouble that had upset me would pass and become insignificant. I did and it did. My first week at Sunset School was all I needed to completely convince me that his advice was right on. The direction of my life was changed by Foy’s patient and wise advice. I can see so clearly now how God had His hand in it.
Now tell me yours, please…