Sunday 25th April 2021 Devotion
Scripture:- 1 Thessalonian 5:15-23
Topic:- Thank You, God, For Everything
Text:- 1 Thessalonian 5:18
There was a bird who lived in a desert, very sick, with no feathers, nothing to eat and drink, no shelter to live in.
One day a Dove was passing by, so the sick unhappy bird stopped the Dove and inquired, “where are you going?”
It replied, “I am going to heaven.”
So, the sick bird said, “please find out for me, when my suffering will come to an end?”
The Dove said, “sure, I will.” And bid goodbye to the sick bird.
The Dove reached heaven and shared the message of the sick bird with the Angel in charge at the entrance gate.
The Angel said, “For the next seven years of its life the bird has to suffer like this, no happiness till then.”
The Dove said, “When the sick bird hears this, he will get disheartened. Could you suggest any solution for this?”
The Angel replied, “Tell him to recite this verse, “Thank you God for everything.”
The Dove on meeting the sick bird again delivered the message of the Angel to it.
After seven days, the Dove was passing again passing by and saw that bird was very happy, feathers grew on his body, a small plant grew up in the desert area, a small pond of water was also there, the bird was singing and dancing cheerfully.
The Dove was astonished. The Angel had said that there would be no happiness for the bird for the next seven years.
With this question in mind, the Dove went to visit the Angel at heaven’s gate.
The Dove put forth his query to the Angel.
The Angel replied, “yes it is true there was no happiness for the bird for seven years but because the bird was reciting the verse, “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING.” In every situation, his life changed.
When the bird fell down on the hot sand it said “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING.”
When it could not fly it said, “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING.”
When it was thirsty and there was no water around, it said, “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING.”
Whatever the situation, the bird kept on repeating, “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING,” and therefore the seven years got dissolved in seven days.
When I heard this story, I felt a tremendous shift in my way of feeling, thinking, accepting, and viewing life.
I adopted this verse in my life. WHATEVER the situation I faced I started reciting this verse, “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING.”
It helped me to shift my view from what I did not have to what I have in my life.
For instance; if my headaches, I THANK GOD that the rest of my body is completely fine and healthy and I notice that the headache does not bother me at all.
In the same manner, I started using this verse in my relationships.
Whether family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, finances, social life, business, and everything with which I can relate.
I shared this story with everyone I came in touch with and it brought a great shift in their behavior too.
This simple verse really had a deep impact on my life, I started feeling how blessed I am, how happy I am, how good life is.
The purpose of sharing this message is to make all of us aware of how powerful the attitude of gratitude is. It can reshape our lives.
Let’s recite this verse continuously to experience the shift in our life.
So be grateful, and see the change in your attitude.
Be humble, and you will never stumble. Share with those you care about and be blessed.
Oh Lord God, help me to continually praise and appreciate You, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Happy Lord’s Day!