Of course, many of our blessings are what we expect, such as an answer to a prayer.
“Lord, please help me to find a job.” And you do!
“Lord, I need Your peace.” Suddenly, peace fills your soul.
“Lord, I need that promotion.” The next day your are fired. What?
That’s not an answer to a prayer! God knows best, and He blesses us in ways we cannot imagine.
“I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.”
We don’t know the plans God has in mind for us. The promotion you wanted? Well, that job might not have been good for you spiritually. That promotion might have required you to do things that were both unethical and immoral, putting your eternal soul in danger.
God knows. We don’t. Often, what we want is often in opposition to God’s Will, but if we are open to the ideas of God, our spiritual journeys on earth become much easier. When we walk in the ways of the Lord, we walk with God.
I knew a young woman who was dying from a non-malignant brain tumor. The tumor, though not cancerous, according to her doctors, would not quit growing. As she began to loose her faculties, she began to praise God more.
When she lost here eyesight, and she loved to read, someone said, “At least they have people here who will read to you,” She replied, “Blessing upon Blessing. Grace upon grace.”
When she lost the use of her legs, and she was wheel chair bound, she said, “Blessing upon blessing. Grace upon grace.”
When she lost her ability to function independently and had to be moved to a facility, she said, “Blessing upon blessing. Grace upon grace.”
At her funeral, her mother said, “The more sick she became, the stronger her faith.”
One of the workers at the nursing home where she was said, “She taught us everything about living, and she taught us everything about dying.”
God had other plans for her.
Blessing Upon Blessing. Grace upon grace.
God has plans for us, too.
You broke your arm, and it was painful, but you met a woman who would become your spouse.
You were in an accident with your car. As you recovered, you began to read the bible. Guess what! You returned to Church.
You don’t have much spare time. When you do, you volunteer at church on several committees. You also work at the food shelf. Your family doesn’t see you much between work and volunteering. You are diagnosed with cancer. You have to stop your volunteering. Suddenly, you realize how important your family is and how much you missed them.
God has other plans for you.
“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart to revere your name.”
Blessing upon blessing. Grace upon grace.