Reading’s for today are Exodus 25 and Luke 17.
I am sitting across the road and I notice that about 10 people are receiving gifts, lots of gifts, they are hungry for more and they get more. It is an amazing sight to witness. I am wondering who it is who is handing out all the goodies? As it continues, I could tell that what was happening was going to have a life changing impact on them all. I continue to watch from a distance, it feels like being at the Royal Easter Show and the kids have that excited look on their faces as they get show bag after show bag after show bag.
Finally, those who are there have been fully blessed and they start to wander off. I soon realise that they had come empty handed but this stranger, whoever he was, had given then far more than they were expecting. They leave and it all goes quite. I stay sitting, pondering what had just happened, maybe even a bit jealous that I had not walked across the street to ask some questions.
Then out of the corner of my eye, I notice that there is only one who is walking back as he approaches this stranger. He drops all his stuff and falls on his knees. He is crying now and while I can’t hear what he is saying, it is evident that he has been profoundly impacted by the generosity of this person. I am a bit surprised that he is the one who came back, because by the clothes he wore he was different to the other 9. I think that at least one came back to say thanks. However, it did make me wonder what this stranger must have thought!
In Luke 17:11-19, this story appears. We do not have to wonder what Jesus thought when he cleansed the 10, “Were not all cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” (v17-18).
It makes you stop and wonder about how we express thanks and appreciation to others, let alone giving thanks to God for all that he has done.
This day is yours, why not thank God for all that you have and while you are at it thank someone who as helped you. And yes, they could even be living in the same house with you.