Author Philip Yancey writes, “On my first visit to Yellowstone National Park flocks of tourists surrounded the geyser, Old Faithful, cameras trained like weapons, while a big digital clock predicted the next eruption. We were in the dining room of the inn overlooking the geyser when the clock showed one minute to go. So along with every other diner, we rushed to the window to see the big event. We ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ and clicked our cameras; some even applauded. But glancing back I noticed that not a single waiter or busboy even bothered to look up. Old Faithful had become so familiar that it had lost its power to impress them.” So here’s the question: Why do we lose our sense of gratitude and begin to overlook God’s goodness? For three reasons:
- (1) Problems. If you close one eye and hold a penny close enough to your other eye, you can actually block out the light of the sun. Getting the point?
- (2) Pressures. Sometimes the perks we thought would bring us pleasure end up wearing us down.
- (3) People. When they disappoint us we turn sour and forget all that God has done for us. What’s the solution? “The [unfailing] love of the Lord never ends…Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lam 3:22-23 NLT). God’s mercies begin each morning, and your gratitude should too. Indeed, your days should be saturated in it. Continual gratitude comes from looking beyond your blessings to their unfailing source, the Lord. His love, His faithfulness and His mercy are already at work when your eyes open each day.
Published on Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 8:05 AM CDT