Thankful, Blessed – Still a Mess

By: Kristi Mitchell

What does life have to be like for you to feel blessed and thankful?  Is it only when your finances are overflowing?  Do you only count yourself blessed when you are near family and friends?  What does blessing mean to you – that new baby, new home, new car, or new job?

Certainly those things and people can be blessings in our lives.  Blessings should always evoke our thankful spirit.  But what about those who never hold that baby, move into that dream home, or always struggle with money?  Are they any less blessed?

I’m reminded of Job.  He lost so much so quickly.  I don’t know that anyone would call him blessed when it happened.  He lost his wealth, health, and family – far from looking blessed to the outsider!  

Yet, what did he do?  He “fell down upon the ground and worshipped.”  No matter where your life is today, can you find an expression of gratitude?  We know that those are the times when the Lord does things that others notice.  

Let’s shout like Job today…  “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”   Don’t wait until all seems perfect.  Blessed knows no boundaries.