It’s Wednesday and I’ve been thinking of what to write when I noticed that most posted statuses today on Facebook were expressing “feelings of being blessed.” I do believe God grants each and everyone of us countless blessings, great or small, that come in many different forms. And blessings do not necessarily come in ways that make us happy, joyful or feeling rich.
Blessings are also packaged as pain, sadness, frustration – like an illness, death or separation from a loved one, loss of job – but they are blessings too. Deep in my heart, I just have to be grateful for each blessing I receive in whatever way they come to me.
The recent demise of my Mom has made me realize this more – despite the deep pain and grief of losing her physical presence, comes joy and consolation in knowing she is now peacefully reunited with God in His heavenly home. My faith in God assures me of this, a special blessing for which I’ll always be grateful. Sometimes, we may think we are especially blessed only when we are materially endowed, in moments of plenty, whenever we receive what our heart desires, like a brand new job or car, or traveling to exotic places, yet feel forsaken by God at moments of distress, failures, or want.
Whenever I see postings on Facebook stating someone feels blessed, it is always when something good happens to them and their loved ones. I still have to come across anyone acknowledging they feel blessed because of being sick, or running out of money or being rejected by a spouse or partner and other life’s adversities.
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
We are blessed both in joy and in pain – so most essential is to give God thanks in everything, for everything, for He loves us and gives us each according to what is best for us.God’s infinite wisdom may not be easily discerned by those of weak faith – thus, as Christians we need to focus on how to grow our faith and trust in God, so we can handle each of God’s gift to us with grace and equanimity. And that includes not feeling smug, nor privileged lest we become boastful.
Handling God’s gifts to us with grace and equanimity also means detaching ourselves from things that can hinder us from truly appreciating God’s gifts for the purpose He has given us.
“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Luke 12:48)
So I should constantly remind myself to make the most of the riches (not only material/temporal) He bestows on me, be positive about each of my gifts. And be ready to share – my time, talents and resources in the best way I can. I strongly believe the best way for me to be grounded about such things as money or fame is to be grounded on my faith in God. Even if for now I do not own such wealth nor fame, I can always prepare myself in the event God chooses to place me in that situation lest I lose myself into them.
My life may not exactly run according to my own plans, yet I trust God He knows what is best for me. I thank Him for everything I am, everything I have now. Life is not perfect, but it is beautiful by the grace of God.
Happy Thanksgiving to All!