The temperature was below zero as I drove to work. A snow storm had just left six inches of fresh snow on the ground burying everything underneath including my car.
It’s been a cold and snowy winter but spring is just a few weeks away. I could almost touch it. But then a storm slaps my hand back and punishes me with more snow and cold air.
“When will this end?” I ask out loud to no one in my empty car.
I look around me and all I see is a blanket of white. There is no green grass on this day. It is fast asleep beneath the snow. Trees are burdened by extra weight that threatens to break their branches.
As I turned a corner, my eyes fell upon the sun slowly rising above the trees. The sky was bright with radiant colors that gently pushed the darkness away. In a few minutes, the Sun would fully appear bringing with it the light of day.
A few minutes later, I made another turn and saw a full moon in the opposite direction. The moon was slowly bowing out to make room for the warm rays of the sun. Isn’t God amazing? In the midst of my winter slumber, He handed me two blessings to show his love for me. Ecclesiastes 3:13 says
That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
God’s love for us is so great that he wants to bless us in the middle of our stress by showering us with blessings.
These blessings do not always come in big packages – in fact, most of the time they don’t. Yes, he does heal the sick and mend relationships, but God also blesses us in small ways by providing us with rainbows in the sky, the smile on a child’s face or flowers in your backyard.
It occurred to me that the sun and moon raise and set each and every single day. Why have I never truly enjoyed them? Maybe I am too focused on the rush of everyday life that I miss these gifts he wants to bestow upon me.
In order to truly enjoy these gifts, we need to slow down. We need to take the time to see and enjoy them. These blessings will not change our situations, but they will fill you with joy and enough grace to make it through the day.
My friend, look for your gifts today no matter how small. Accept them and thank God for his glorious love for you.