Thank You God

Below is a story shared by our Pastor. I think it will be very relevant and helpful for some of us who are experiencing hardships and life challenges at this moment.

Thank You God for everything

There was a bird who lived in a desert. The bird was very sick, had no feathers, had nothing to eat and drink, and had no shelter to live in.

One day, a dove was passing by, so the sick unhappy bird stopped the dove and inquired, “Where are you going?”

The dove replied, “I am going to heaven”.

So, the sick bird said, “Please find out for me, when my suffering will come to an end”.

The dove said, “sure, I will”, and bid a goodbye to the sick bird.

The dove reached heaven and shared the message of the sick bird with the Angel in charge at the entrance gate.

The Angel said, “for the next seven years of its life the bird has to suffer like this, there will be no happiness till then.”

The dove said, “when the sick bird hears this he will get disheartened. Could you suggest any solution for this?”

The Angel replied, “tell him to recite this verse:

Thank you God for everything.”

The dove on meeting the sick bird again, delivered the message of the Angel to it.

After seven days the dove was again passing by and saw that the bird was very happy. Feathers grew on his body, a small plant grew up in the desert area, a small pond of water was also there, and the bird was singing and dancing cheerfully.

The dove was astonished. The Angel had said that there would be no happiness for the bird for the next seven years. With this question in mind, the dove went to visit the Angel at heaven’s gate. The dove put forth his query to the Angel.

The Angel replied, “yes, it is true there was to be no happiness for the bird for seven years, but because the bird was reciting the verse, ‘Thank you God for everything’ in every situation, his life changed.”

When the bird fell down on the hot sand, it said, “Thank you God for everything”.

When it could not fly, it said, “Thank you God for everything”.

When it was thirsty and there was no water around, it said, “Thank you God for everything”.

Whatever the situation, the bird kept on repeating, “Thank you God for everything” and therefore, the seven years dissolved into seven days.

When I heard this story, I felt a tremendous shift in my way of feeling, thinking, accepting and viewing of life. I adopted this verse in my life. WHATEVER the situation I faced, I started reciting this verse, “Thank you God for everything”. It helped me to shift my view from what I did not have to what I have in my life.

This simple verse really had a deep impact on my life. I started feeling how blessed I am, how happy I am, how good life is.

So, from this story of the bird in the desert, you can see how powerful the ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE is. It can reshape our lives!!! Let’s recite this verse continuously to experience the shift in our life.

So be grateful, and see the change in your attitude.

Be humble, and you will never stumble.