Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Blessing Received

It was one of those unexpected blessings that make life so sweet.

My sisters, Barb and Annette, and I try to have a weekend getaway each year. Just a few days ago we returned from our stay in Carlsbad. Here’s the view from our room.

Carlsbad

Nice, huh? There’s just something about the sight and sound and smell of the beach that makes me feel young again!

Being with my sisters makes me feel young too; it was a wonderful weekend full of shopping, chatting, and waaay too much eating! One morning we decided to walk off a few of those calories, and headed for the sea wall. We stopped at one point, looking for the dolphins that are often spotted off the coast.

There they were; a group of five of them! They slowly and gracefully frolicked, sometimes swimming in tandem, sometimes separately. There was such a poetry in their motion, and they swam pretty close to the people in the water. Some of those people never even saw them. We watched for about ten minutes before they swam out of sight.

 dolphins 5

What a sweet, sweet blessing.

Because we intentionally looked for the dolphins we easily spotted them when they showed up.

A few people on the beach stood there, pointing them out to those who cared to watch. Others were busy, caught up in reading a book, playing volleyball, or supervising their children. They never realized they had missed them.

So often I miss out on noticing God’s blessings, simply because I am too busy. I’m diligently putting one foot in front of the other, meeting the challenges of the day, and I just don’t stop and take the time to look for His blessings.

I’ve heard it said that if the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy. Busyness robs us of being fully present, because we are rushing from one moment to the next. It is only as we slow down, looking for and savoring God’s blessings, that we find them. And Him.

He is found in the quiet of slow moments, and longs for us to notice Him, and His blessings.

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.                                                                                                           Matthew 6:30-32

Further reflection:

  1. Is being too busy to notice all of God’s blessings something you struggle with?
  2. What would you have to do to set aside regular time to be with Him, thanking Him for those blessings?
  3. Take out your planner, and put that time down in writing. In ink! Use that time to list all the specific blessings in your life.

Father, forgive me for the times I claim to be “too busy”. You have given me exactly the amount of time I need to do the things that matter! Please help me to slow down long enough to look around and notice all the sweet, everyday blessings that I usually rush past. And thank You, for the love that You have for me as You extend them.

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