Blessings

(written on December 24, 2011)

(Note: While reading this Blog, you may first want to hear Laura Story’s sing her song, entitled “Blessings”, which I will quote freely.)

Blessings… God’s goodness… the Father’s favor… the Lord’s lovingkindness in our lives.

Blessings… a bright hope for an imminent future… an optimistic expectation of an impending time to come… an eager anticipation of an important life to live. 

Blessings… potential untapped… possibilities unfulfilled… prospects untouched.

The Bible is filled with moments of blessing.

  • God blessed Adam and Eve.
  • God blessed Abraham.
  • God blessed Isaac.
  • God blessed Joseph.
  • God blessed His only begotten Son, Jesus. 

They were all blessed by God. Prosperous? Adequately. Prominent? Definitely. Powerful? Undeniably. 

Yet…

  • Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden.
  • Abraham went childless for most of his life.
  • Isaac lost a son.
  • Jacob was hated by his brother.
  • Joseph was sold into slavery.
  • Jesus was mocked, beaten, hung on a cross and felt forsaken by His Father. 

Blessings are so much more than just prosperity, prominence and power. The One who created us wants so much more for us than possessions, prestige and persuasion.

Blessings come when we are more like the One who made us.

Our view of blessings is so restrained … so restricted… so reduced and so regulated. We desire earthly happiness instead of everlasting joy… we yearn for creature comfort instead of Godly growth… we long to be loved unreservedly instead of loving others unconditionally.

“We pray for blessings. We pray for peace. 

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep.

We pray for healing, for prosperity. 

We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering. 

All the while You hear each spoken need, yet love us way too much to give us lesser things.”

But then…

A husband dies.

A wife discovers a lump.

A child develops an illness.

A friend has an accident.

A career comes to a halting end.

A retirement fund suddenly evaporates.

Heartaches abound.

Nights are sleepless.

Days are endless.

Tears are shed.

Hearts are broken.

Minds are overwhelmed.

Love grows cold.

Where’s the blessing?

Where is our God?

“We pray for wisdom. Your voice to hear.

And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near.

We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love.

As if every promise from Your Word is not enough.

All the while… You hear each desperate plea.

And long that we'd have faith to believe.

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops?

What if Your healing comes through tears?

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?”

And so, we continue to live…

We look for the sun to shine.

We hope for cloudless skies.

We seek shelter in the rain.

We climb for mountain tops.

We live for triumph.

We desire comfort.

We struggle for peace.

We expect good health.

We long for friendships.

We anticipate good times.

We yearn for love.

But… “What if Your blessings come through raindrops?

What if Your healing comes through tears?

And what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?

And what if trials of this life… the rain, the storms, the hardest nights are Your mercies in disguise?”

Yes, God loves us far too much to leave us as we are. He uses whatever is necessary to repair and to refine, to replenish and to restore us to a place deserving a child of a King.

Thank you Lord for Your blessings… for Your sovereign will being done.

May we always trust in the fact that, however, your blessings come… You love us no matter what.