For What Are You Th(i)nkful Today?
Every Monday there are “Th(i)nkful Lists” being sent between South Africa and the USA. I have a dear friend who has asked that we keep each other accountable in being th(i)nkful. Every Monday, we exchange our new lists. It has been such a blessing to me. I love looking back on our texts and seeing precious gifts that God has given us … from something small like a ray of sunshine to the answer of a huge prayer request. It is good to give thanks!
Th(i)nkful(adj) describing people who choose to download grace/strength from the Lord to think thanks about every circumstance in their life and to express that thanks orally or in written form.
In the spirit of being th(i)nkful, let me introduce you to Dr. Mandy. She is a wife and mother and a believing medical doctor. She grew up in Joburg, but has lived for some time down here on the coast near Durban. Her husband Marc and their daughter are her joys. She has a strong love for the hurting; that does not mean just humans, but also animals of all kinds. 🙂 She struggles to see someone in pain and works so hard as a doctor to help.
When David and I, and our Nick and Elly, moved to the south of Johannesburg in 2005 to help plant MountainView Bible Church, we got to know Dr. Mandy. She was an early member of the church-plant there. We grew to love her and she became our doctor when we needed medical care.
We went on a relief mission to Zimbabwe together during the cholera outbreak, and she came with us to the African informal settlements when few whites would. We were sad to see her and the family move to Durban – a 7-hour drive away – when Marc got a job transfer in 2012, but we entrusted them to the Lord.
God’s Kind Fingerprints
When God called David and me back to South Africa in 2017, one of the kind fingerprints of the Lord was that Dr. Mandy and her family were members of the church that was to be our base here in South Africa.
We arrived last September, and from the beginning of our stay here, though we are also good friends, we needed Dr. Mandy’s medical help through some new medical issues. David got tick-bite fever and Dr. Mandy got him on an antibiotic right away. For almost a decade, Dr. Mandy has been my advocate and friend helping me navigate my struggle with my lungs.
It Is Good to Acknowledge
Paul in the N.T. often gave a greeting to someone in his letters and said that he was thankful to God for them. I want to follow that example and thank the Lord for His kindness in allowing Dr. Mandy to be here close to where we are working. Medical problems are often one of the main reasons that missionaries leave the field. Having Dr. Mandy nearby has definitely helped me to thrive here on the field.
I give thanks.
Your Th(i)nkful Person
I wonder if there is a person in your life like that? It may not be your doctor, but maybe it is a neighbor or a sister, a co-worker, or friend at church? Have you communicated your thankfulness to God and to them? God gives us so many gifts every single day. They are all around us and we must train our eyes to recognize them and acknowledge.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High