I open my laptop & give into a can of root beer (caffeine free, of course); it’s a Sunday afternoon and the windows are opened. Our oldest cat, Audrey, is seated in the window, thankful for the fresh air. Our little kitten, Elvis, is napping on the floor. And, my husband just left with Lilly for an afternoon at the playground.
I breathe in the freshness of what seems like the ending of summer and the beginning of Autumn and in this moment, I’m reminded, I am blessed.
I don’t know about you, but for me it’s easiest to praise God when the air is fresh and the clouds have gone away. It’s easy to look outside and to see the beauty of creation and to sense the presence of a Creator when everything is still and peaceful.
It’s the moments when the clouds roll in and I can feel the calm before the storm. It’s that moment when the skies turn black and it takes everything in me not to run for cover. It’s when my child is sick or we miss a paycheck. It’s in those moments when I stare at the sky and wonder what will come next. I hope that even in these moments, I am still blessed.
In the dark moments, we pray to God. We plead with Him for understanding and the ability to persevere. We plead with Him to heal our sickness and to bring home the lost. It’s when the skies are dark and our brokenness becomes known that we choose to seek God in hope that He may somehow save us.
We chase after God so that He will “bless us”.
We praise God for our “blessings”.
Sometimes, when we don’t see or hear from God, we turn away because He hasn’t “blessed us” so he must not truly love us.
Blessed means to be “made holy” and to be made holy means a life “devoted to the service of God”.
So, when we are praying for God to bless us, we are pleading with him to make us holy so that we can learn and grow and truly live a life devoted to the service of God.
Is that what you think about when you ask the Lord to bless your food? When you ask him to bless your day? Your relationships? Do you actually desire for Him to make them holy? Is your desire at the end of the day to have a life devoted to the service of God?
A very close friend of mine looked at me today and she said to me, “you’re blessed” and in that moment I didn’t understand exactly what that meant. What she was actually saying is “God is making you holy and He’s allowing you to have a life devoted to serving Him”.
And, the good news is that it doesn’t stop there. It doesn’t stop on a beautiful summer day when everything feels right and looks lovely. It continues well into the storms of our lives and it’s deeper than any hurt that we could imagine.
God is making you holy and He’s allowing you to have a life devoted to serving Him…
After a divorce.
A poor decision.
A little white lie.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hungry and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 5:-2-10]
I don’t know about you, but I sure am glad that God continues to make us holy even when we are far from always being devoted to a life of service to God.