No One Said Thanks

July 22, 2012

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” – Luke 17:11-19

One foggy night, many years ago, there was a near-tragedy on a large lake. There were a lot of people intoxicated on a houseboat when an explosion occurred and a fire erupted. It was utter chaos. Fortunately, there was a resident on the shore who could see what was happening. He swam out to that houseboat and directed the panicked people toward the shore. And miraculously, even though it could have been a terrible scene and many could have drowned, everyone survived.

Later that night, after all the victims and emergency workers had left, the man sat by the fire talking to a lone reporter. After talking for an hour, the reporter asked a final question. “Well, sir, is there anything at all you might like to just share about this experience?” The man sat there a moment. Then he looked at the reporter, and he said, “Yeah. Not one person said thanks. Not one.”

One interesting aspect of human nature is that when we find ourselves in a desperate situation, we cry out to God; we cry out for His help. Even skeptics begin to pray when facing a serious illness or a serious injury. When we need the intervention of God, we pray as never before.

Then, when God answers and helps us, many times, we forget to say thanks. Take time to say thanks to God and to others. They deserve it and you’ll be blessed when you do.