SO MUCH TO THANK GOD FOR!
For a few days now, the gospel song, “Dansaki (I’m acknowledging You)” by Lara George has been ringing in my heart. It may have something to do with the fact that it was sung in church on Sunday as we danced during the end-of-month Thanksgiving. But that can’t be the only reason because it wasn’t the first time I was hearing the song nor was it the only song we sang during that praise session.
Today, I was finally able to share a snippet of the song on Facebook (with the word ‘today’ inserted) and I’ve been dancing at every opportunity. I can count many things for which I could be thanking God today, not the least of which is the alert I got from someone special. But before you go, “No wonder!”, remember I said the song has been ringing in my heart all week. I was steeped in results compilation to meet up with their presentation at a board meeting today. So with that out of the way, I’ve been able to give the song much greater expression.
I just want to thank God first, for who He is, as the song says. He is the Maker of all things and He is my Father. How awesome is that! And as if that is not enough (as brethren often say while sharing their testimonies in church), the Almighty God is also my Friend. Then He is my Teacher when I need some things straightened out, He is my Comforter when I’ve suffered loss, He is my Inspiration for writing; in short, He is my everything.
(Related: Thank You, Lord – Poem)
I also want to thank God for the spirit of thanksgiving itself. Through my time with my late mum, some mentors and the Holy Spirit Himself, I have learnt not to take anything done for me for granted, no matter how small. For instance, sometimes, students come into my office when they are passing by, just to say hello and find out how I’m doing. When they are free from lectures/other engagements and I’m not particularly busy, they sit and tell me what they are doing academically, socially, etc. I don’t just mean those I’m currently teaching, those I taught years ago, including some from other faculties come around to say, “t’s been a long time! How have you been?”
I value such interactions. They give me a window into other people’s lives and offer room for mutual appreciation and kindness. I feel blessed whether I’m the one who did most of the talking or it’s the other person/s. And I thank God for it all.
You see, it’s true that we have certain expectations of people close to us, but at the end of the day, it’s best to realise that any good thing you’re going to get is going to come from God. So when your parents can’t help you, that’s not the end of the road, because there is an infinite number of people out there that it may please God to use to bless you. With that understanding, I thank God specially for everything that everyone does for me, because, really, He is the one behind it all.
The reason I’m thanking God for the spirit of thanksgiving is that without it I’ll be most unhappy, despising certain blessings in favour of the huge ones. Everything is important, and because of that, the joy in my heart is ever flowing.
So yeah, I’m acknowledging God for who He is, for what He does in my life everyday. Oh, and I’m thanking God for my precious sister, Lara George, for allowing God to use her to bless the world with such a song that stays with you and makes you dance even at the most “inappropriate” moments and places, besides, of course, reminding you of some of the things you need to thank God for. With joyful singing and dancing!
Are you ready to dance? You can do so as you watch the video of the song by clicking on its title below and PRAISE THE LORD!
What would you like to thank God for today?
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