I find myself thinking about the many blessings God gives to us to help us in our walk, in our life, as we go through things we would not otherwise go through unscathed.
Just as 1 Corinthians 10:13 says:
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
(and my initial thought to posting that verse here is “boy, I sure do goof that up sometimes”)
We can be assured that God is with us and sends those blessings to help us along the way.
I’ve done some belief-flopping in my life. I used to believe things which I adamantly oppose now, doctrinally speaking. My intent is not to speak as if I have my act together or that my belief system has reached some sort of “belief enlightenment” – so please don’t read this presuming arrogance on my part.
I did used to believe such a self-centered belief system, that I look back upon it in shame. It was all about what God would do for me, would deliver me from, would bless me with, would cause me to prosper and be promoted, etc. etc. I believed that I would get the first parking spot, would not suffer financially, etc. I was caught up in many beliefs like that.
Why did I substitute things that were temporary for things that were eternal?
What is eternal in nature?
The Kingdom of God (this covers many things which could be expounded upon, but for the sake of brevity, I’m going to be blasphemous and include it all on this one line)
As I was able to spend time with the *wonderful* people in Zimbabwe, I realized that it was time well spent. Certainly much, much better time than what I invest into sometimes over here in the states.
I was reminded yesterday of the many blessings that God has put in my life over the years. I was able to spend time with a friend I haven’t seen since I was in my early 20s. We were able to reminisce and I came to the realization (if I had not already arrived at it) that God puts people in our lives for seasons. It’s not that they are no longer friends when geography or life situations separate the closeness. In fact, that’s what we kept saying yesterday – a friend is someone who you could not see for 10 or 20 years, and could pick up right where you left off.
I was blessed to have one of those in Bay Minette. I was blessed to have 1 in Mobile. I was blessed beyond blessed to have 2 of those in Ohio, if not 3. I am related to many people, but I consider a few on both sides to be much more than a blood or marriage relative. I’m married to one of those people. It takes time to discover these folks. I haven’t found one yet here in Florida, but I’m sure there’s one. A friendship like that doesn’t form overnight, but it never ends. And my life has been deeply and richly blessed by the time and influence these half-a-dozen or so people have had upon my life. They have profoundly influenced my choices, my thinking, and my reactions during struggles. And so today, after spending time with one of those folks yesterday, I am thankful all-over-again for the way God puts people in our lives to help us through life – and again, I refer to the Corinthians passage as an example of how people can help others.
These folks aren’t all my age, my gender, or as good-looking as I am (haha!). But they all share the common fact that they know me – I mean, they truly know me. And instead of counting my flaws as something to criticize, they seem to love me more because of the intimacy of our friendship (NOT romantic intimacy).
I always say about my friends in Ohio – if I drove up there and asked for a hamburger you could only get a few hours away, they’d crank up the vehicle, and they’d take me to go get it. I don’t know why food comes as my obvious example. That’s another posting. Haha again.
Who do you have in your life? Do you take them for granted? I look back at how I may have taken some friends for granted, and even now do so. Let us recognize them for who they are – God-sent humans in angel disguises sent to help us through life, and to have a mutual effect upon each other to draw us close to the Giver of such blessings.
As this was a sappy post, I’m going to talk about something that has to do with violence, conflict, war, or American politics next time so that I can restore the correct testosterone balance in my system.