This week is Thanksgiving, so I want to pause and spend some time with you on the trail with the redwoods — and share some thoughts about a story Jesus tells us — about an unexpected journey of thanksgiving in Luke 17:11-19.
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During this special time to reflect on all the ways God has guided us this year, there are also parts of our hearts where things are still in process of becoming formed, shaped, clear or resolved. Like the soil that is being regenerated with the autumn rains and resting after summer harvest, there are spaces in our lives where stories are still taking shape. We are all on a journey.
We often keep those “on-the-journey” stories quiet during Thanksgiving week, but I believe they are just as beautiful, mysteriously glorious and alive as the finished stories of gratitude we often do share. Because in these on-the-journey stories, there stands Jesus with us. Present. He becomes intimately real in our wrestling as we listen for His voice and His hand gently guides us, drawing us near.
As we prepare to remember our blessings — let’s sit down at God’s table of the soul — the table set within each of us, remembering all parts of us on-the-journey — are welcomed, beloved and being made new with Jesus.
“You prepare a table before me… You anoint my head with oil; My cup overflows.” Psalms 23:5
May it be a quiet, restful, beautiful and glorious love affair with Jesus, as we look across the table, wherever the journey finds us this week. And may the words in today’s Soul Mocha Devotional bring you closer to Jesus and his love for you. As is.
A Soul Mocha Devotional
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I wanted to share a story we often hear a lot during this season, but look at it from some different viewpoints. You know the story of the 10 lepers and how one went back to thank Jesus for how he had healed him?
As I look at other parts of the story, it’s very interesting to see Jesus was actually on his way to Jerusalem — when he had to go through Samaria.
So, he was actually on a journey when this opportunity came up unexpectedly and he stopped ot take time to heal these 10 lepers.
What’s interesting is that a lot of times Jesus healed people by touching them.
But, in this case — oddly enough — he told them to go do something.
Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priest — even though as they left Jesus to go, they weren’t healed.
And it got me thinking: is there something God’s asking me to do, even though I don’t feel like I’m not ready to do it — or I feel I’m not in any condition to do them because of x,y or z?
And yet, God still places things on our hearts, as he gently whispers and says —
I want you to do this.
This is where I want you to go journey.
And it’s in doing what Jesus encouraged them to go do that they were healed.
So I just thought it was interesting, as I am thinking of things to be thankful for – I asked myself:
Are there things that God has put on my heart — and things that even though I don’t feel prepared — I am thankful he is continuing to speak to me about them?
Sometimes, the seeds of thankfulness in us can only be watered when we dare to step out and go where Jesus calls us to go.
We become changed by the journey.
So, I’m curious for you: are there are also things God’s prompted on your heart that he’s encouraging you to do?
Lastly, I just want to say, wherever this week finds you — because Thanksgiving and the holidays brings up so many different part of our lives – relationships, friendships, or family dynamics – that are still on the journey. They may not look exactly like the way we’d want them to be.
Whether we’re married, singles, or parents, there are many seasons part of life that are changing. We are changing. Can we share those stories as well — and not just the finished stories of things we’ve already received, but stories of on-the-journey.
I call them on-the-journey stories. We can be thankful for those too.
Because Jesus is with us in them. And he gives us hope.
So, as long as we hear Jesus with us, we can confident that we can thank God for our journeys, however they look. I hope you have a wonderful week with Thanksgiving and I’ll be thinking of all of us.
What’s up ahead for you? What is God placing on your heart this week of Thanksgiving?
Pull up a chair. Click to comment. I’d love to hear about your journey.