Looking for the Gift

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

Gratitude seems to be a theme that keeps popping up for me over and over.  The 1,000 Gifts book about logging your gratitude.  And now "The Simple Woman's Daybook," logging in and grounding yourself with what is around you.  It is as if God is saying, "Slow down.  Look around you.  Pay attention to the world you are in right now.  Look at what I have given to you."

It is oh-so-easy for me to get wrapped up in my losses.  Sometimes I am almost consumed by them.  Yet, right now, I can sit and look out my living room window from the recliner that I must now sleep in, and see beautiful batches of brilliant sunlight played agaisnt shadows in the lush greenery behind our house.  It's lovely.  It's summer.  It's a gift.

My recliner was a "gift."  When the doctors said it was no longer good for me to be lying flat and sleeping in a bed I wasn't sure what we'd do.   Then we remembered that, before he died, my father had gotten an electric lift recliner.  It was sitting in storage.  All we had to do was go get it.

It got me to wondering.  How many gifts does God have "in storage" and all we need do is go before His throne to receive them.  What if we simply aren't looking in the right spot?  I am encouraged today to remember that our God is a giving God.  And, whether we like it or not, when things are taken away from us, it is most often for our own good  - one way or another.  Am I saying our illnesses are good?  Not really.  (But in many ways mine has been good for me.  It's changed me internally as well as externally.)  But God can use anything and everything to move us closer to Him.  And the gifts?  Well, they are in storage just waiting for us to claim them as ours.  

Did God give me the gift of healing?  Not yet.  I'm not sure if He will.  Did he give me the gift of a pain-free life?  No.  But He has given me the gift of sight.  I can look out my window and see the wonder and beauty of it all.  And you know what?  If I wasn't sitting in this recliner right now - I'd probably have never, ever noticed something that brings joy and peace to my soul.

Father God, Thank you for working in our lives, even when it is in ways we do not understand.  I pray you will give each reader the gift of "sight" today.  The ability to see the good, the beauty, and the wonder that is around them.  Open their eyes to the many things that are still "gifts" from you.  Amen and amen.

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