DayBreaks for 11/28/13 – Moving Thanksgiving Mountains
Luke 10:41-42 (NLT) But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
An ancient Chinese parable tells of an old man Tan Chang who had a small farm overshadowed by a towering mountain, sending chill into the bones and shadow over the farm. One day he got the notion to get rid of the mountain. With the help of his wife and sons, he began to hack at the rock around the base of the mighty mountain. A neighbor walked by and scoffed, “You will never finish the job, old man! There are not enough days in the year for you to do this.”
But Tan replied confidently, “I am not as foolish as you think, my friend. I may be old and feeble, but after I am gone, my sons will continue to peck away at the mountain. Then their sons and their sons’ sons will do the same. Since the mountain cannot grow, someday it will be level with the ground, and the sun will shine upon our land.”
Today is Thanksgiving 2013. Perhaps instead of heading into Thanksgiving with joy and gratitude, your life is being overshadowed with some mighty mountain of fear, doubt, despair, anxiety or heartbreak. As humans, it is a condition to which we are prone! We are so small and tiny compared to the problems of the world and the problems of our own hearts and souls. It is easy to let our gratitude be overshadowed with worry, for our Thanksgiving to become a mere ritual than an actual practice on this day.
The reality of life is that many of the problems that confront us on every side cannot be eliminated instantly. They can be moved one shard at a time, one day at a time. Jesus, in Matthew 6:25-34 shared this wisdom with us: “So do not be anxious about tomorrow, tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”
Just for this day, set your mountain aside. Don’t be anxious about it. Today – be thankful. Lift your voice and heart to Jesus with praise for what is good in your life. Thank him for those things. Entrust tomorrow’s outcomes to Him and for today, revel in His goodness to you.
A blessed Thanksgiving to you all!
PRAYER: For all who face this day with fear and hurt, surrounded and immersed in problems and anxiety, we pray that they will set their mountain aside and celebrate Your goodness and let a spirit of thanksgiving overflow as we pause to consider all the good that is in our lives because of Your goodness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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