So I have a long story to share with you, that includes a video and hopefully, you'll see that I'm thankful for God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
If you read my blog or if you are friends with me you will know that I've been going through a lot of changes and some minor frustrations with life recently. And by frustration I mean dissatisfaction with the lot that I've been given in a couple of different aspects of my life.
For the past two weeks, I've been craving Coca-Cola. Not Pepsi, not diet coke, not caffeine free diet Pepsi, not even Dr. Pepper, my all time favorite soda. I've been craving plain old Coca-Cola. Which should be a pretty easy fix, considering that there is an ice cold twelve pack in the fridge. But the problem is that it has the Mr. Yuk sticker on it. So I've been suffering through my desire, I even took a single sip of it on Sunday, but it wasn't what I was really looking for.
For the past two weeks, I've also been having a lot of unusual dreams. Including one that was a practical vision of something I desire deeply, but have no means of being able to get it except through God's goodness. And the weird thing about that dream is that I woke up with a person's name in my head, someone I don't even know.
This past week I asked for prayers for understanding my dreams because I am a firm believer that God talks to us in our dreams on occasion because that is something that He has done through out history. I came across the idea to look up the meaning of the name that I was given in my dream and it pretty much translates into "Beloved" "One who is hedged in" so I took that to mean that God is protecting his beloved, which is me, among others.
I started reading this book, Spirit Rising, by Jim Cymbala about the Holy Spirit, so I've been praying more and wanting more from the Holy Spirit since I've started reading it.
And then today, I was randomly going through my Twitter feed and looked at blog post where I ran across this video. You should take a moment and watch it so that you can understand what's about to come next.
So I watched that and thought, "Yeah, that's totally right, I shouldn't want what others have." And as I walked away from the screen, it washed over me "All you will see is a can of Coke." I wanted what others have and I had it in a real bad way. My desire was manifesting itself into physical wants that could potentially be the death of me because I wasn't paying close enough attention to the Holy Spirit and trusting in the giver of good gifts. I was becoming so focused on what I didn't have that I was defaming that which I did. I have the gift that God has chosen for me and all I could do was ask God "How can I change this to be what I want."
I love how God works. I could have craved any soda, but instead it was Coca-Cola. I could have read any book, but instead it was one about the Holy Spirit. I could have watched any video, but instead I watched one about God giving the gift of Coca-Cola to his children. He is amazing and funny and wonderful in the way that he works. And I am thankful that not only am I his beloved, but that he protects me even from myself.
On this Thursday, I am thankful for God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.