The specific photo is taken in the streets of Dublin, Republic of Ireland. This picture takes us back in time when people used such kind of transportation. We have gone a long way since then. However, European cities still maintain carriages not as a public transportation but as part of cultural inheritance, part of history and an element of touristic activity.
The fact is that when carriage was the existing transportation, people were happy to use it. They felt that it was faster than walking, cleaner than walking in dust and mud and it was a sign of prosperity and high status.
The technology has changed since then. Nevertheless, the attitude and feelings remain the same. We will still go for what is more comfortable, more convenient and faster. At the end of the day, all is relevant, isn’t it? What we consider today as high tech or as the biggest achievement ever, it might be just a nostalgic memory few centuries from now.
We understand our times within our own small span of our lifetime. Our happiness, our sadness, our anxiety and our dreams are just a fraction within the time span of history known and future to come.
Regardless of what era of history we are in, despite our own personal problems and anxieties, there is one action that can help us to stand and be lifted up, that can aid us to understand and come out of the dark tunnel: THANKFULNESS.
It is written:
“And whatever you do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
1 Thessalonians 5v18
“… in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
When we say thank you, a pure and kind energy is released. Have you ever felt it? Thankfulness is an action of recognition and acknowledgment. When we go on our knees and say thank you to the great Creator of all good, we acknowledge Him and we recognise who He is and who we are in Him.
We recognize that all good comes from above. We trust Him that all works together for good. We do not take all provisions for granted.
If you go through the Bible, page by page, book by book, letter by letter, you will be astonished by how many times thanks were given and how many times we are instructed/recommended to give thanks. It is overwhelming.
Let’s just picture our own life and our own relationships with family, friends, colleagues, mates, and people walking along us in the streets.
There are two kinds of thanksgiving:
- The “polite thanks”: it is when we respond to a stimulus in a polite way by saying thank you. It is an automatic response.
- The “true thanks”: it is when we truly mean it. When gratitude comes out of our heart. This is the thanksgiving we need to apply in our relationship with the Lord.
We need to remember that the Lord reads our hearts. He does not just look the appearance of things, the surface of our actions and words. He is capable to look inside in our soul and see where we truly are. We can fool others and even ourselves but we cannot hide from Him, we cannot escape from the truth…truth always prevails!
The scripture below shows how important is to give thanks to the Lord who is always there for us, He is faithful and He never forsakes us.
“… because, although they knew God, they did not glorify [Him] as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
This verse, plus some more, takes us to an important as well reason to be thankful and to practice thankfulness. It is connected with our communication with the Lord, it is connected with our prayerful life, it is connected with our answered prayers and it is connected with the miracles in our life!
When we pray for anything, we need to keep going with thanksgiving. The Lord is not deaf not to hear us the first time that we make our request! When we ask, we need to believe with no doubts in our heart that we receive it and we shall have it! That’s what Jesus Christ, Himself, promised us (check http://wp.me/pkDdi-eU)!
Do we really need to go back in prayer and ask again? Does this seem “trusty” to you? When we trust Him, we go back in prayer but not to ask again but to give Thanks as we believe that it is done and we will see it in our physical realm! We keep thanking Him!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;”
More I read the Word of God, more I am convinced that being thankful is not even a simple request from our Lord but an instruction itself!
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
It does not say: might be thankful, be thankful if you wish to…
It is not different from what we wish for our own relationships. We are pleased when someone comes and says thanks to us from heart. It is a good feeling and it is peaceful to know that you were acknowledged.
Be thankful for the carriage of the past, be thankful for the Ferraris of today and be thankful in whatever comes in the future. God is in control!
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