I think often about all of my blessings. It would surprise people to learn that not all my blessings have been positive. Some of them were what would be called ‘blessings in disguise’.
On the surface, there are those that have made my life richer. My husband, my daughters, family, friends, home, church. My job has always been a joy and a huge blessing as I get to do for a living what I love and was created to do. I’m blessed to live in a country that is free. There are dozens and dozens of physical things that I can call blessings. But the tangible are not as important to me as the intangible.
Precious moments. Memories. Reflections of Love. Hugs. Lots of joyous laughter. Large and heart-filled smiles. Gentle touches. The sound of my children’s voices. All of these are treasured and cherished.
I said that not all my blessings could be viewed as positive. An experiment that I was a part of revealed this to me some years ago. I was challenged by a therapist to write all my blessings down. To not stop until I had exhausted each and every one that entered my mind. During this time, I was having a hard time seeing my vast blessings, so I had vowed to do due diligence to this request.
Surprisingly, after I had written down all the obvious ones, I began to realize that there were ones that contained hardships and pain that ultimately turned into blessings. They kept me from harm, or further harm. Helped me to turn my life around. They were mine and mine alone.
Other people wouldn’t have saw them as blessings, but as I began to put the pieces of my puzzled life together, they fit. They made sense. Combined with all the good ones, these were also part of the blessings in my life. 2 Corinthians 9:8. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
God not only helped me to change my heart, he allowed me to see that He wastes nothing. Nothing. The good, the bad, the ugly and the awesome! I am truly blessed.
creatively His, sue:)