It’s Wednesday, also known as Hump Day. Do you need to get over the hump? Here’s a quick prayer to help you finish this week strong!
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and if you’re cooking for the family this year, chances are you’ll be spending most of today making the preparations. You’ve scrubbed and vacuumed all the floors. If you’re having overnight guests, you’ve changed the bedding for fresh, clean sheets. You’ve sanitized the bathroom, dusted the furniture. You’ve taken all the seasonal dishes and plates out of the china cabinet and set the table.
Now it’s time to start cooking, and you start to get frazzled. You recently switched to a whole foods diet, so you’ve decided to make everything from scratch. But you quickly regret that decision because the cranberry sauce is too tart to be edible, the macaroni and cheese is bland, the stuffing looks more like bread budding, the greens are bitter, and to make matters worse, you didn’t factor into your cook time that you would have to thaw the turkey first. Now it looks like it’ll be in the oven overnight, and you still have three other sides to bake!
Inhale . . . 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
Exhale . . . 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
It’s usually during this time of year when we tend to get the most anxious. Cooking such a wide spread for a large group, and if you’re cooking by yourself, it could feel like too much to handle for one person. Dealing with the frustrations of backed-up traffic on the highways or airline delays if you’re flying, and added stress if the weather is bad. Wanting to make sure everything is perfect for visiting family members you haven’t seen in years, or if you don’t have any family, having to suffer through this “festive” season all alone.
But amidst all of this, don’t forget the one thing that truly matters. Remember the sisters Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42. Martha busied herself serving and waiting on Jesus and His disciples. Typical actions of a hostess entertaining guests. But Jesus was no ordinary guest, and Martha spent so much of her time distracted by her many preparations that she didn’t recognize what was truly needed. Mary did, and she sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to His every word in worship.
While Thursday shouldn’t be the only time you give thanks, this is the season to be thankful. So while you’re being thankful, remember what is most important and what is most needed. It’s not that juicy roasted turkey, hot from the oven. It’s not all the fixin’s spread across the table in an array of fall harvest colors. It’s not even all the things you will buy at the Black Friday sales the next morning.
It is Jesus Christ, who eases our minds when we are worried (Philippians 4:6-7), who gives us rest when we feel burdened (Matthew 11:28), who comforts us (Psalm 23:4) who heals us (Isaiah 53:5), who understands what we’re going through and can help us deal (Hebrews 4:15-16), who gives us grace to overcome (2 Corinthians 12:9).
If you’re feeling overwhelmed this Thanksgiving, remember these scriptures, and any others that remind you to be thankful for all the things your Father in Heaven has done for you. Just sit down and pray, because maybe you’re too busy like Martha, maybe you’ve forgotten what is needed, maybe you need to come back to the feet of Jesus.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:1-4 (NKJV)
Hump Day Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for being the one thing we need. You are our comfort, our shelter, our protector, our healer, our rest, our everything. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking us. Thank you for answering when we call. Thank you for being an ever-present help in our times of trouble and worry. Most importantly, thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins. If it had not been for Him we would be lost, dead in our sins and trespasses. But through His death and resurrection, we have life everlasting, and because of that we are eternally grateful. Thank you most of all, Lord, for saving us. You are the rock of our salvation and we praise your holy name. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.