I can hear a bird! I thought to myself as I walked the short distance from my hotel room to the trash can by the lobby where I needed to dump paralyzed ministry dog Miss Mercy’s dirty diaper. Not exactly a fun and inspiring chore. But oh, how I could hear that bird! I felt thrilled I could hear that one single bird twittering away. I have struggled throughout my life with one thing or another pretty much daily for decades, and the past year had its own set of challenges including physically and emotionally. But now I had the blessing of a sunshine-y winter day and hearing that happy tweet-tweeting bird! And I was so very thankful! How much do you suppose of our everyday lives do we miss in the way of neglecting to acknowledge, enjoy, and be thankful to the Lord for the countless blessings He bestows upon us? Right down to the seemingly very smallest of blessings?
The biggest blessing in the universe is God almighty and having a forever relationship with Him through turning from our sins and believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection and genuinely devoting our lives to God and His ways and His will for our lives. And that’s just the beginning! He gives us endless blessings spiritually, emotionally, and physically each and every day and throughout our lives some of which are more obvious and which we may acknowledge and others of which we may overlook because they seem smaller! Then there are all the ones in between the enormous ones and the smallest of them! Blessings, blessings, blessings!
I wonder, how many of them do we miss because our eyes, ears, and hearts are turned in another direction no matter the seeming size of the blessings?
What if you and I from this day forward make a conscious effort to keep our eyes, ears, and hearts much wider open to the Lord’s countless blessings – and remember to enjoy them and to be THANKFUL TO THE LORD for them? And to EXPRESS our thanksgiving to Him in praise to Him directly and as we praise Him as we speak to others of Him and His awesomeness and amazingness and goodness?
“Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.” Genesis 2:19
Our whole lives will not be long enough to notice and enjoy and thank the Lord for the blessings concerning just nature and animals, and yet that one bird I heard and all of nature and all the animals on this earth are just an infinitesimally small amount of all of God’s endless goodness and greatness and blessing after blessing after blessing – now and forevermore, AMEN! Oh, praise the Lord, friend! Praise the glorious, glorious almighty Lord! Amen, amen, amen! Hallelujah!