What do we consider a blessing?
I think that it is safe to say that we all consider blessings as something good. Do we consider it a blessing when we encounter a trial, a heartache, a consequence, or some other type of suffering? I dare say that we do not.
I am learning that blessings come in all forms, shapes and sizes. We are blessed whether we recognize it or not when we are children of Christ. All things will lead to His glory and thus, our blessing. We are able to find joy in our sorrow. We have a hope that others do not understand. We are blessed.
When my child disobeys, he suffers a consequence for his actions. It could be loss of a privilege, a time-out, or a spanking. He also can be shown grace and mercy. These are the same things that we as children of God experience on a physical and spiritual level. Do we consider the consequence a blessing? Usually no. But we should. We are being taught each moment of our lives, being brought closer to Christ, and learning the the character of God. Those are all blessings.
When we suffer, be it through trail or heartache or illness, we seek comfort and solice. Once again, a child will seek his parents, a christian will(should) seek Christ. We are brought into the folds of our loving Lord. He will not forsake us. He will not leave us. He draws us near. We often hear the scripture quoted that He will not give us more than we can bare. I think that we need to remember that it is with Christ that we can bare all things. We can endure all things.
These are the things that I have been thinking and reflecting on recently. I could sit here and complain all day about being on bedrest. I won't. If I have, I apologize. I am learning that this time is a blessing.
Ways we have been blessed:
1. Our child is growing well and healthy and is still in-utero
2. Our boys have been very well cared for
3. Extraordinary amounts of time with family
4. Meals from family and friends
5. Prayers for our family
6. More quiet time with God
I am not saying that this time has been easy. It has been difficult and trying and full of stress. But I am starting to see the blessings in the situation. And I pray that I continue to each day.