“What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” – unknown
A friend of mine lost her mother today. She had been battling some major health issues for years, and went peacefully in her sleep, earlier this morning.
It is at times like this that I stop to think about all that God has given me, and continues to bless me with each day. Why is it that I have been given 2 parents (happily married for 25 years!), and 12 siblings (6 of which I get to see everyday!) ? Why do we have such a beautiful home to live in, and friends who care about us, and things growing in our gardens, and prospering home businesses… and the list is endless…? How is it that when I wake up in the morning each day, I can find 5 new things to thank God for – and I know that there will never be an end to that list?
It’s so true, that often in life we don’t realize how precious the blessings are that we have been given… until we no longer have them.
All it takes is one death, of a loved one; one major financial loss; one diagnosis of a deadly disease… and we find that something we once enjoyed, even clung to so tightly, is now taken away.
It’s an inevitable truth, that at some point in each of our lives, we will lose something precious or important to us. We will feel pain. We will suffer. So we need to decide here and now, how we will respond when that happens.
Today I’m reminded that there are people in this world who have placed their trust in something or someone… rather than in Jesus Christ. And when they lose that something or someone (because it’s only a matter of time), a part of them will die too.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” – Isaiah 26:3
This friend of mine – she loves the Lord. Through her email updates I have seen the fruit of her serving heart, as she patiently persevered to the end. She sacrificially gave of her time and energy, to care for her mother and follow up with the doctors and nurses – making sure that all the best care and proper treatment were given. And while I know that today must be a very hard day for her – she is not alone. She is being carried through this difficult time on the prayers of those who care – and in the strength of the Lord. She is resting in the realization that her mom is now with Jesus, at perfect peace.
Today I am reminded that I have so many things to be grateful for; so many people to cherish… and yet so little precious time on earth, to be a blessing.