“Lord, thank you for letting me use a normal and functioning brain, for more than three decades now.” I uttered silently, as tears rolled down my parched cheeks.
It was a moment of great joy for me. Never before in my life, I thank God for a particular organ functioning in my body. It was more of a thing, which I’d always taken for granted.
With a thankful heart, I write this piece, as I have been able to start reusing my brain. There was a time when I have been in the state facing uncertainty about my future.
Those twenty-five days of my hospital stay, in which VEEG (video-electroencephalogram) was done the whole time, was the first installment of my three long series of hospitalization.
In that long period of my hospital stay, I was blessed to discover the good side of certain people. In a way, I appreciate other people more. And I know that I will not survive in solitary.
“Come back in few days for brain surgery,” the doctor told us. Soon re-admitting and my surgery followed. I wouldn’t go in detail here as it was something I wanted let it go off, for a better hope.
Since I am not seeking empathy as of now, I will not go into the details of those hard times. It was a time that was gone, which I could endure through the help of my savior.
My brain, let me tell you, was something which I considered very private organ. When somebody told me, what to think and what not to think, I felt provoked. I wanted nobody to engage in my private affairs.
Most of the time, I used my brain, in my own way. Sometimes it helped me solved certain problems. There are also time it misguided me, I would say. Misguided mostly when I unplugged or failed to connect with my Creator.
When the heart and brain coordinate smoothly it resulted in building a sane person. The timely use of ‘yes or no’ in the most appropriate instances defined a wise person rather than having a very high IQ level.
Ostensibly, it was one of those very useful gifts, which was taken for granted all the time. But when some of the neurons got jammed, the real value was known. After several treatments, and/or repairing as I jokingly referred it to, it never was the same as before.
There are many other organs in our body which worked together as one entity. We should be thankful for that today, I am urging you now. The creator must be praise for His deeds! Thanksgiving for His loving-kindness, to that extent we are not even aware of, in our life.
At the same time, it would be more of an acceptable way of thanksgiving should we use our gifts for Him. If you are suffering, like some of us, still give thanks for it could draw us closer to Him.
Here, I have listed only one occurrence in my life. There would be many, if you reflect on your own life. The adversities you faced, which would draw you closer to God or even the smooth life you lived are worthy of thanksgiving.
The Psalmist wrote, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he (God) is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalms 118:1, 107:1) The love of God from the beginning, which transcend through our forefathers endures forever.
In His abiding love, he would take good care of generations to come. Conform to His will, first, and He will do the rest!
How to have a thankful heart?
A very straightforward and most accurate answer to this question would be: To let the peace of Christ rules our heart. That is because we can have compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, in Him. (Colossians 3:12-17)
When we are in consistently intact, with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit everything work for our own good, whether good or bad.
A thankful heart always possesses positive reasons to be happy. It does not depend on circumstances but comes from his heart. Even in very small things he can find a reason to be thankful. It is because he has been consistently connected with his savior.
In Him we can have contentment beyond the offerings of the world. Although we cannot see everything in His point of view, that little comfort we have, would bring out a thankful heart in us.
Let us give thanks to the Lord for everything He did for us. More importantly, for sending His son to die for us, this is the greatest gift of all. Be thankful!
Again, as the Psalmist wrote, let us conform here in his very words: “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalms 9:1)
Should you have witnessed the wonderful deeds of God; please feel free to tell here in the comment section.
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