Thanksgiving for Thorns

Since early October, I’ve been fully healthy for a whopping two days. Nothing serious. Just a cold that Chi and I have passed back and forth to each other — sharing is caring — combined with allergies, and a case of food poisoning last week. Our prayers for health are as frequent as my incessant morning sneezing — a new talent I gained last month.

Yet the Lord has been merciful to us. Yes, merciful through the two days of health that happened just in time for our performance at a Coffee House event. But also merciful in using the stuffy noses and sore throats to reveal the spiritual congestion in my heart.

For while sickness sure makes it difficult to practice singing, it’s great for revealing anxiety and pride: the kind that hits when you’re stuck in bed two days before that event you’ve invited friends and former co-workers to with this flyer:

Kinda hard to call in sick.

Sick flyer

Just a week prior, a similar flash of fear struck as we wondered if I’d be healthy enough to co-emcee (with Chi) our friend’s wedding reception. As if doing it in Japanese wasn’t fun enough.

Cultural Rule 385: Japanese wedding = White tie

Cultural Rule 385: Japanese wedding = White tie

But God wanted to remind me that pride is more poisonous than the common cold, and my allergy to weakness is stronger than it is to the fall leaves. And so He used a cold — a “thorn” if you will, as the Apostle Paul would say. Something to “keep me from becoming conceited” (2 Cor. 12:7).

Photo reference: fall leaves

Photo reference: Fall leaves (Had to fit the photo in somehow.)

In the end, the wedding and the Coffee House both went as well as I could have hoped. And my time stuck at home even allowed me to finish writing a song for my home church in LA. For these we give thanks.

But we also are learning to give thanks for thorns. Thorns that pierce our pride. Thorns that point us to the One who bore so much more than just thorns, that we might boast in Him and not ourselves (1 Cor. 1:31).

 

A few photos from the Coffee House event:

Friends from my church who came to support!

Friends from my church who came to support

Guests of all ages

Guests of all ages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  • Joyce Salgado says:

    Thank you for the timely reminder to me me about being grateful for thorns that lead me to my knees.

  • Joyce Salgado says:

    Thank you for the timely reminder to me about being grateful for thorns that lead me to my knees.

  • Patti Yung says:

    Yes, God does humble us in our weakness so that we become more like Him and depend on Him for EVERYTHING. Thanks be to God…for His great mercy! Thanks for sharing! May the Lord bring complete healing to both you and Chi.

  • Erin K. says:

    Amen amen amen… so glad to hear God provided what you needed when you needed it. It may not have been as perfect as you hoped but your obedience and surrender which led to dependence on Him seem to be as He desired. So encouraged to see the Father’s continued pursuit of your hearts

  • Dale says:

    Am grateful for thorns too.

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