God in His love and mercy sends blizzards of blessing our way every day. We need only look for them. Can you see them? Let’s not anything cloud our vision of His blessings.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Blizzards of blessing
Outside my window are two aspen trees that recently turned bright yellow. The wind brought about a blizzard of their golden leaves. The ground beneath was piled high with sunshine gold.
As we northerners know, winter blizzards are also accompanied by high winds. Beauty is present in them, and they bring blessings by insulating the land, killing warm-air germs, covering seeds and replenishing moisture for future growth.
Whether God covers the earth with snow or with autumn leaves, His blizzards of blessing are meant to show us His favor and approval. The Word of God contains dozens of examples of His blessing. When God had Moses teach the Israelites His law, He included a long list of blessings on obedience, such as future children, good weather and good crops, and safety from enemies.
The list of blessings is followed by a list of curses for disobedience from which they suffered repeatedly. They forgot to be grateful for God’s blessings and turned away from Him. But God in His merciful patience kept wooing them back, blessing them whenever they repented.
The New Testament also tells of people who received God’s favor, starting with Jesus. “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mark 11:9) His followers shouted those words as Jesus rode into town on a humble donkey. Mary, Jesus’ mother, also was called blessed, as were those who believed in Him after His ascension. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
The Bible’s famous Beatitudes in Matthew, chapter 5, list several ways we receive God’s blizzards of blessing. We’re favored when we have a humble spirit and are meek, when we hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness and are merciful to others, when we cause peace rather than discord and when we are willing to be persecuted for His sake.
God’s blessings come in many forms. He favors us with incredible peace of mind and joy, His wisdom and strength when needed and the gift of salvation. A popular discipline is to keep a gratitude list. As we form the daily habit of meditating on His gifts and thanking Him for them, we find our lives becoming richer and freer from negative thoughts. Gratitude brings us good physical, emotional and spiritual health, which is a blessing indeed.
Thank You, Lord, for your unending blessings that fall on us like a blizzard of golden leaves. Cause us to always remember to thank You and to pass on Your blessings to others. In Jesus’ name, amen.