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True Thankfulness

by Kelli G. Albright

POST Editor

 

After gathering Asian pears from our landlord's orchard I stopped to offer one to an approaching sheep. It was the first time I had ever had a sheep eat out of my hand, so it was momentous; like when a black-capped chickadee quickly lit on my palm for seed when I was much younger. But then this (grateful?) sheep, right after chomping down the juicy pear, turned and did its "business" right on the spot. "What kind of 'thanks' is that?" I thought to myself. On the other hand, our landlord's lone guinea hen gets so overwhelmed when bread crumbs are tossed his way that he stands back, as if giving thanks, making kind of a buzzing, shrill noise, while his buddies, the peacocks, help themselves.

It can get too easy for all of us to go through our days and not appreciate the little things, or to wait until Thanksgiving dinner every year to really count our blessings. I am big on manners. I remember when I was little, my sisters and I would say "thank you" for every little thing that was set down on the dinner table; we probably sounded like myna birds! Our mother finally said, "Girls, you don't need to say 'thanks' so much!".

But God wants us to give thanks in everything (1 Thess. 5:15). We can't drive Him "crazy" with expressing our thanks; as that verse points out, "...it is God's will for you in Christ Jesus". It is humanly hard to want to give thanks for the hard times: the sickness; financial problems; people problems, etc. But may it give us hope to know God will turn it all around for good; for His glory. He stays the same, through thick and thin, always ready to help. He can turn trials into ministry at a later time. I have started to re-read a devotional, "Streams in the Desert" by L.B. Cowman (Zondervan; first published, 1925). It is such an encouraging book, pointing out powerful refreshment that only God can provide amidst our trials. Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with thanks to Him!

Station Update - by Scott Albright, KWPB Manager

Radio Update November 2005 by Scott Albright

Last Christmas, Night Live host Don Heist and his wife Sharon gave me and Kelli a neat gift. It was a small container, full of seedlings, adorned with a scripture. " Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabelís hand". Zechariah 4:10a

I embraced this little plant gift, thinking that it was kind of like Winds of Praise.

We have known all along that Winds of Praise has been a work of the Lord, beginning as a tiny seed of the heart, and growing step by step, day by day.

Imagine then my dismay when I began to notice tiny little bugs persisting around our new plant. At first I tried to simply squash them with my fingers whenever one would show itself.

But that wasnít effective. I took a look at bug killers from the garden department of a local store, but the price for such a big bottle of pesticide was just too high for such a little plant. So I researched Ďnaturalí solutions, and tried dowsing the bugs with soapy water from a spray bottle. But the bugs remained. And then there was only one little seedling left. I really didnít want this last seedling to die. It was a nice Christmas gift, and in my mind, it was kind of symbolic of the radio station.

So I got some new soil, and a new container, and transplanted the seedling from its old container to the new. And I watered it, and put it in the sun, whenever the sun would poke through.

And the plant grew. And it started to outgrow its new container.

So I transplanted it into another, larger container. And it began to thrive, and get quite large. And it became solid, and out of danger, I thought.

On a recent Wednesday, the day the country was watching the march of Hurricane Wilma, I came to the studio, and saw my plant knocked off of its place, on the floor, and badly broken. It was a real mess, and kind of disturbing. What had happened? Who or what did it?

This was my little plant of faith.

I think what had happened was that this plant had outgrown its container, again. It became top heavy, and after a good watering the day before, it crashed over by itself.

Lord, is there a message here for me? Do we, do I, does Winds of Praise need a bigger container?

Iím open to it Lord. Just show me the way.

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