No Problem, Mon!

Last year Carl and I spent Thanksgiving in Jamaica for our honeymoon.  We had a wonderful time and as the rain fell this morning and the temperatures are supposed to drop dramatically, I can’t help but wish I was playing in the waves on the beach in Jamaica, again.

Our trip was wonderful, but ended quite dramatically.  And, as I talked about yesterday, it provided an opportunity for me to learn to be thankful for things I usually take for granted.  Here’s what happened.

Carl and I left the hotel mid-morning to head to the airport.  We checked our bags and made it through security with plenty of time to spare.  We stopped at a few shops before heading to our gate and then boarded our flight to head home.  I was sitting in a window seat, and when I looked out the window I saw a crowd of people taking pictures of the side of our plane with their camera phones.  They were pointing and laughing and chatting it up like crazy!  At the same time, our flight attendants were starting to stir up conversation on the plane.  We found out that as the flight before us was unloading the lav truck {the truck that empties the lavatories} backed into the side of our plane leaving a truck-sized hole in our plane!  The pilot said it was the biggest hole he’d ever seen in a plane.  So after about a half an hour we unloaded and were shipped off to another resort to stay for the night and traveled home the following day.

Now, you might be asking, “How can a truck putting a hole in your plane make you thankful?”

Well, I realized that day that on every flight I’ve ever flown {other than this one}, no one ran into our plane.  I realized that I am never thankful for the lav truck drivers that don’t run into planes.  Instead, I’m only frustrated when one driver does put a hole in the plane.

So as we approach Thanksgiving and I think about this story, I ask myself if this is the same mindset with which I approach God.  Am I ungrateful when my life is going well, and then when something doesn’t go according to my plan I get upset and begin to pray?  Do I really thank God for every day and every breath that He gives me that are without pain or frustration?  Am I thankful for His love everyday?  Or do I take these things for granted and then begin to complain when I don’t get them?

Today, I’d like to challenge you to think of something that God has given you that you take for granted.  Thank Him for that gift and become more aware of the every day blessings that have become so common that you don’t even recognize them any more.

I’d love to hear what you are thankful for that you normally take for granted.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.  (Psalm 100:4, NIV)


I've been a follower of Jesus for over 30 years, and have been teaching God's Word to students and women for nearly 20 years! God has brought me through some difficult chapters in my own life, and now my passion is equipping women like you with tools to embrace your own unexpected chapters in life with grace and truth.

1 comment on “No Problem, Mon!

  1. Thanks for sharing Psalm 100…
    What a joy to read your THANKSGIVING blogs and to hear your nephews read Psalm 100 for our Thanksgivings day celebration.
    We missed you and Carl but our hearts joined together ..Be thankful to the Lord for He is good.

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