Christian author Philip Yancey tells the story of his first visit to the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park. As he and his wife ate a meal inside the dining room of the Old Faithful Inn, which overlooks the geyser, they looked out the window to see that the big, digital clock that stands beside the geyser was predicting an eruption in 24 minutes. That countdown continued as they enjoyed their meal.
When the clock reached one minute, Yancey and his wife joined all the other diners in leaving their tables and making their way over to the large windows to witness the eruption. He couldn’t help but notice, however, that when all the diners moved to the windows, a crew of waiters and busboys sprang into action to refill drinks, clear away dirty dishes, etc. Even as the geyser erupted, he looked back to see that not one waiter or busboy even bothered to look out the window. Obviously, somewhere along the line that restaurant staff had stopped being impressed by Old Faithful and had started taking the natural wonder for granted.
How many of us treat God’s blessings like that? God sends us a marvelous thing and places it right in front of us, but we don’t see it because we are too busy working or tending to the affairs of life. We go around with our heads down, trudging through the monotonous chores of everyday life, trying to get done whatever it is we feel we must get done, and all the while we fail to notice the wonderful blessings that God is faithfully bestowing upon us each day and each night.
This Thanksgiving be sure that you don’t allow God’s blessings in your life to become like Old Faithful to those restaurant workers. Don’t take His blessings for granted so much that you don’t even notice them anymore. No matter what problems you are experiencing these days — and those problems might be very, very real — God continues to faithfully erupt numerous blessings in your life. Just be sure that you take the time to notice them and acknowledge them for what they are.