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. 


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on April 18, 2013, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great post! Christ blessed us by entering into our suffering with us through His own cross so that we can have hope of the resurrection in eternal life.

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