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 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.