I’m writing for this week’s #FiveMinuteFriday word prompt, “BLESSING.” These are my five minutes of unedited thoughts. I hope they will . . . well, BLESS you. You can visit the FiveMinuteFriday community for more wonderful thoughts and resources.
I use the word often. Perhaps too often?
We had enough money and some to spare. What a blessing!
My husband made it home safely tonight. What a blessing!
I’ve made such great friendships recently. What a blessing!
We have blessings in abundance. What a blessing!
And typically that is how my “blessings” flow.
But I wonder, do we consider the struggles, the pain, the heartbreak, the darker times of life as blessings, as well?
When Jesus used the word “blessing,” he didn’t use it like we so oftentimes do. I wonder if that’s because He knows it’s very easy for us to consider the good things in life as blessings, but not the harder things.
Blessed are the poor in spirit … those who mourn … the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness … the merciful … the pure in heart … the peacemakers … those who are persecuted because of righteousness …. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…. (Matthew 5:3-12)”
I truly believe one of the keys to growing in our faith and in our ability to trust God under all circumstances, is to learn how to have a thankful and hopeful perspective during the trials of life.
Not that we are thankful for the trial, but thankful that we have a God who we know without a doubt is going to help us endure and who is always faithful to save us from anything greater than we can bear. But even more than that, we have eternal hope! That, my friends, is the greatest blessing we could ever receive.
So today, if you are struggling or just plain “done” with the hardships of life, I would encourage you to look up, lift your arms high, and say:
“Thank you, Father, for You are greater than anything I will face, and You are faithful to save. You are my greatest blessing and hope. What a blessing!”