I read a great blog yesterday titled, Be Thankful (revisited) and there were some lovely descriptions in this that really resonated with me and reminded me how wonderful gratitude is. Please click on the link to see this post.
Carol, the author, asks how often do we express our gratitude to God?
“I’m talking about genuine, deep-hearted gratitude. The type that stems from a sense of wonder and questions what you have done to deserve such blessings and favour. The type that makes you marvel at God’s goodness towards you and feel doubly grateful that he is – despite your failings and unfaithfulness (Psalm 8:3-4). The type that brings tears to your eyes, as you remember God’s goodness at a time you least deserved it. The type of thanks that causes your voice to break as you recall what he has done for you, particularly those miraculous answers to prayers, which you had no idea how they could possibly be answered when you sent them winging towards his heavenly throne. I’m referring to the heartfelt expression that forms a lump in your throat, as you attempt to voice your appreciation to Father God for His mercies and unconditional love.”
As part of the Sacred Seven Pauses I wrote about in another post, one of my favourite “pauses” is the Twilight Hour. This is the evening pause, at the end of the working day. It encourages us to ask what was the greatest blessing today, and to also consider, regardless of the chaos of the day, to search out reasons to be grateful. When I sit and do this at around 5.30pm each night, normally while I am making dinner and putting on a load of washing, I am always amazed at how many things there are to be grateful for.
Carol refers to “heartfelt expression that forms a lump in your throat, as you attempt to voice your appreciation to Father God…” I often experience this and it always amazes me when it happens because I can’t quite understand why it feels like I have lost my voice when I am trying to talk to God, but the emotion I feel in those moments is totally that lump in your throat feeling. His hand in my life is breathtaking.
For me right now, God is doing some incredible work in me that is literally changing me in ways the no self help book ever managed to do, or at least I should say, in a way that I could never do. The gratitude and the wonder I feel around this is so “lump in the throat” that I can’t string it together in a sentence without tears.