April 25, 2012
Psalm 105:1 (NIV)
Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Are you thankful, truly thankful for all you have and for the life you live. Are you thankful for the way you were raised. My answer to this is a big YES. I am more than thankful for everything.
I see people that have had rough starts in life, while many do fine some fall off of life’s balance beam. By seeing those that have fallen, hearing some of the stories and seeing some of the results makes me even more thankful. I can honestly say that if not for my parents I do not know where I would be today.
The first seven months of my life (not that I remember) were spent in family services waiting for someone to take me home. In December of 1959 it happened, two wonderful people from small town America became my parents and took me home.
The other day while watching a program on TV about some people with not so good lives it hit me, and it hit me hard.They chose me, out of all the children my parent’s could have adopted they picked me. Why did they pick me, God. I do know that it was truly God that put me with these wonderful parents. God put something on their hearts for them to pick me.
When this hit me the other day the most powerful feeling I have ever felt came over me, it was a feeling that can only be described as awesome. I felt the Holy Spirit come over me, I felt the love of my parents and I felt the warm, comforting embrace of God. I felt love like I have never felt before and I have never felt as safe. That moment was truly fantastic. To feel God’s embrace is truly like no other, you know that at that moment nothing can hurt you. You know that God’s love is true and real.
If I was not adopted by this warm loving couple who became my parents I don’t know where I would be today. There is no way of knowing what would have become of me. Would I have had a rough life, taken the wrong roads. Would I be a prominent figure in today’s society, who knows. But I can say that I would not change anything, I was raised in the country and I know the value of hard work and loved every minute of it.
God works in our lives every minute of every day. He put things on our heart and we follow, we know He will not lead us wrong. We know this because we know that God loves us.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NIV)
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
© Timothy R. Thompson 4/25/2012