Is This a Time for Five Kernels of Corn?
We all know the story of how Squanto and his Massasoit tribe helped the Pilgrims grow and gather food in order to survive in the harsh New World of 1620. Our Thanksgiving tables spilling over with specially prepared dishes recall it, and are an occasion of gratitude for our own blessings.
But when a year has been particularly hard — in our workplace, in our life — what then? Do we still give thanks?
After all, in the months following their first Thanksgiving feast, life for the Pilgrims became dire. A severe winter and then a withering drought drove them to live on a meager daily food ration of just five kernels of corn. They wondered whether they would survive. However, they prayed and persevered, and God answered.
In time, the rains did come, and they were able to gather an ample harvest. Once again, they determined to demonstrate their gratitude for God’s care with a special day of feasting and fellowship. This time, though, their first course was an unusual one: it consisted of just five kernels of corn — a reminder of the difficulty through which God had sustained them, and that they owed Him their very lives.
So…back to our own lives: when a year has been particularly hard — in our workplace, in our life — what then? Do we still give thanks for God’s faithful love and care?
This challenge arises numerous times in Scripture. The prophet. Habakkuk wrote:
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV)
The Lord Jesus Himself said, “…one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
(Luke 12:15 ESV)
A wise person once said, “Someone who has Jesus and nothing else, has more than someone who has everything but does not have Jesus.”
This is the life-changing Good News our chaplains share with employees and their families in workplaces across our land, day in and day out. They “weep with those who weep” because they are in a “five kernel of corn” season of life that’s filled with hardship. And, when those they serve are enjoying times of abundant blessing, they also “rejoice with those who rejoice.”
They steadily offer everyone Real Hope for Real Life, through faith in Christ.
They let people know that we can all depend upon the love of God in every season, because He ultimately demonstrated it for us when He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins, then conquer the grave.
This Thanksgiving, whatever the circumstances this year has held for us, let’s make a point of thanking God for His faithfulness and gratefully acknowledging that we owe Him our very lives. And if we are in the midst of times of plenty, let’s be sure to remember His goodness to us in those “five kernel of corn” days through which He brought us.
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