I saw this on Facebook today and had to respond…
“Dear God, Things are getting bad here. Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs are too high. Some have taken you out of schools, government and even Christmas…”
Many have probably seen posts like this. I think I understand the intent behind the posts, but today as I was reading, images poured through my mind. Of famines in Africa and hundreds of starving children. Of children trafficked in Asia. Of places where there are no cars to fill with gas, where a good job pays $3/hr… or even less. Where many would dig through trash heaps to sell what they find, and consider this their way of making a living. Of people who would give a day’s wages for one healthy meal for their family with hearts full of thankfulness at God’s great provision… and have to wonder if the problem is really that people have taken God out of schools or government or holidays, or if the real problem is that we’ve forgotten him, forgotten to recognize his many blessings in the midst of what most of the world would consider our extreme wealth. We are truly blessed.
And yet, what is “blessing”? Are we blessed by things? Are others cursed because they don’t have those things? Americans have an odd view of “blessing”. The word, I heard long ago, actually means “happy”. We aren’t blessed because of what we have. Sometimes we are blessed in spite of what we have, what we’ve buried ourselves under. I can’t imagine thinking I am more blessed than Peter or Paul or even Jesus. But none of them ever owned a car or a 2000 sf house. Jesus didn’t even have a proper pillow. Peter and Paul were both martyred. Paul spent years in prison. They were beaten… the list goes on and on.
Blessings aren’t about what we have. We are blessed because we have a Savior. Not because of what we have, but because of Who we know. Or maybe more likely because of Who knows us and keeps us in the palm of His hand.