A friend of mine used to pray … “God, I thank you for the the blessings I have received, those I am about to, and particularly the ones I won’t appreciate.”
The holiday season is over and most of us have begun settling back into our routines. I know, for myself, I had a good break. I got a lot done and worked myself hard enough that I was ready to go back to work so I could get some rest. 🙂
We all had things on our wish lists … some were material things … some were more of a prayerful nature than a wish. I hope you got some things that made you smile, laugh, and even cry. If it made your heart feel good … then my prayer was answered.
We had a prayer meeting on Wednesday night to end the year. One of the thoughts brought up was to think of a person that you would love to see blessed beyond belief in the next year. It was difficult to think of just one to mention … but it was so good for me to think about.
I found myself thinking of each person in my life and what God could do that would bless them beyond all they could ask or imagine. I could ask for them to find someone they could share their life with, a good someone that will be trustworthy and true. I could ask for their children to be safe from harm. I could ask for them to find a job and a car that runs. I might want to ask for their sobriety to be secure in the Lord … so that they can live without wondering when that next desire will overwhelm them. I might ask God to remove their depression … help them sleep. I would be willing to beg God on their behalf if He would allow their heart to have some rest … to have some confidence … knowing He is there, forever. I would really love to see huge smiles this time next year as they all sat around saying … “I would never have believed it but …”
Tell me some things you might ask for someone around you … DO NOT put their name. I’d prefer they figure out who you’re talking about.
Also you could mention … a blessing you have received … one you hope you are about to … and one you probably won’t appreciate.
As for me …
I have received a safe place from God to live. I feel safe in my home and I never drive around avoiding going there. It is a place where I can rest.
I am about to receive the blessing of learning to be more unselfish. I feel it coming in the works … the way you feel a lesson coming on that you probably won’t like. I know I will come out of it on the other side, a better person … a better servant … a better friend.
The one I won’t appreciate is a little harder. I think of this more like something that will be extremely difficult and won’t make much sense, but eventually I will look back and go, “Ooohhh, that’s what God was doing.” I’m not going to predict how this will take shape, instead, I will try to prepare my heart to accept the shaping of my master’s hands.