9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:9 – 13)

During the week I had the privilege of spending time with two men who are going through transition. One experiencing the anxiety of not knowing what is next. The other, also not knowing, but experiencing the peace of God right now.

Something he said challenged me and had me thinking of this verse. He reminded me of what I know – or should know – but don’t always accept for myself.  And that is that our Heavenly Father loves us – and He delights in doing good things for His children who love Him and seek to honour and obey Him.  Why do I find it so difficult to accept that?

Maybe one of the reasons is that I don’t pay enough attention, and therefore am not thankful enough – so today I’m determined to remember the love that Father has for us, for me, to notice the good things that He has given, that He has delighted to give, like any loving father would give their child – and above all I’m determined to live out a spirit of thanksgiving – the kind of spirit that brings joy to the heart of any father who gives good gifts to his children.