For a while now I’ve been thinking about blogging about blessings, the blessings we have encountered since March 21, 2013.
Again I was trying to come up with a title, and nothing seemed to come. I was trying to think of something other than ‘Blessings’ because that seemed too boring. When it dawned on me that the reason it seemed boring was because we take our blessings for granted! They have become boring because we somehow feel that we deserve these blessings. That these blessings belong to us.
Well the truth is, we (Gary and I) do not deserve the millions of blessings we have and continue to receive. These blessings do not ‘belong’ to us, but have been bestowed upon us. Therefor they are just that, HUGE, UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS!
When I try to think of what the word blessing means, a million things come to mind. Really, what does it mean to be blessed? The things that I may never consider a blessing, could be the greatest blessing to someone else.
Well, over the last couple of months, this is what the word blessings has been for me.
Not having to cook for 4 months. We were fed from the day Gary had his seizure until just a couple of weeks ago. Did you read that?!?! People fed us for FOUR months. I am so, so thankful for this because at the end of most days, it was all I could do to get food into me, no less cook something decent.
In less than a week, OTHER people packed up our house in Texas and then OTHER people set up a house for us in Lethbridge. Ok, normally I would have to do this over a months time so that everything was done to a T, and I would be the ONLY one doing it because I’m a little OCD when it comes to packing and unpacking. Even the things that normally would have made me go crazy, were a blessing. (Well they still drove me a little crazy;).
People have opened their houses and hearts to us from day one. People have given up their beds, time, vacations and finances to bless us!! Why? Perhaps because God put it on their hearts to do so.
Regardless of the act, the few blessings I’ve named and millions I haven’t, were life-giving to us. To us it was not just a person doing an act of kindness, it was God telling us through each of you that HE was not going to ‘leave or forsake us’. It was Him telling us that He was carrying us and we just needed to trust Him. The blessings we received were always two-fold, the blessing itself and God’s presence in the blessing.
I’ve mentioned the ‘physical’ blessings we received, now do you want to know the greatest blessing of all?
THE BLESSING OF BEING COUNTED WORTHY TO WALK THIS JOURNEY! Both Gary and I have come to the point where we can say from the bottom of our hearts, “we are thankful God has chosen us to walk this path.” To some of you this may sound crazy, and I get that. If someone had told me to consider it a blessing when this all started, I’m not sure what would have happened to that person. It is something you have to experience to FULLY understand.
But hear this: Through this I have come to view God completely different. I trust Him like I never would have thought possible. I recognize that I need Him more than I ever imagined. I have TRULY felt the joy and freedom in “setting my heart and mind on things above, not on earthly things. ” And I have been moulded to a further understanding of what it means “for me to have died, and have my life hidden with Christ in God.”
Friends, those are blessings unlike any other, and that is what I am forever grateful for. Those blessings far out weigh all the pain, sorrow and disappointment we have felt.
Having come to this point, I know that whatever God has for us in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. I will be ok. Although I may not feel it or see it in the moment, God will never give up until He has completed “His good and perfect will for our lives.”
And that my friends is enough, that is all I need to make it through day by day.
Have you been blessed lately?
Until next time,