If you’re paying attention, life is full of unexpected blessings. The sudden desire to pull off at a rest station while traveling just to find when you’re back on the road that you narrowly missed an accident. The check you didn’t know you had coming that shows up in the mailbox about the time the checking account hits a $.68 balance. The stranger you meet standing in line that turns into a lifelong friend.
Just a prevalent are the unexpected blessings that you probably don’t recognize. The warmth of a hug from Jesus in the rays of a sunny; His whispers of reassurance carried on the wind. The complete conviction of His glory as you stare across an ocean our mind can’t begin to measure or the certain knowledge that He is merciful when a disaster just misses you.
Unexpected blessings is almost an oxymoron to me. Unseen blessings exist, and as we move through each day, I believe that we miss some of the most blessed blessings that God has to offer. Because those blessings are unseen doesn’t mean that they should be unexpected. How…human must we be not to expect the best blessings from our God.
He promises blessings to us. Deuteronomy 28:2, Proverbs 10:6, Proverbs 28:20 and so many other verses promise that God will bless those who are faithful to him. And despite these promises, we don’t expect Him to bless us; we expect just the opposite. We expect His wrath and His disapproval; we expect Him to be hands-off. But we don’t expect His blessings.
Or maybe that’s just me. I am shocked and amazed when He blesses me. Recently, my dryer died. Well, it didn’t die completely, it just stopped heating. I have to admit, I griped at God a bit about that. I mean, the timing was bad, bad, bad. I couldn’t afford to replace the dryer, and even if I could I didn’t have any way to move the old one out or the new one in. And I didn’t have a man around to help me fix the appliance that’s pretty much the center of your life when you have a teenage daughter at home. I wondered, didn’t God realize I’m single?
This was not a blessing by any stretch of the imagination. So, I did what most people would do were they in my situation, I whined about it to my friends. But my friend Amanda has never been one to be restricted by the concepts of roles. “Can’t you just fix it yourself, Jerri Lynn. It’s not like it’s that hard.”
Um. Well, truthfully, I hadn’t thought about doing it myself. I’m so accustomed to having someone else do those things for me that I went straight from denial to despair. Could I really change the heating element in my dryer by my self?
The short answer is yes. I could. I did. And then I looked at Jesus and said, “I see what you’re up to.” I struggle with not having a spouse. But God felt like I needed a lesson in self-sufficiency. “My grace is enough for you,” he said to me. My blessing? The dryer broke. I fixed it. Alone.
So maybe, if I change my perspective a little I’ll see those ‘unexpected’ blessings. Maybe, instead of wondering why the bad things happen I could just look at those challenges and expect the blessing that God uses them to bring. I can learn to expect his blessings. I just have to change my view and know where to look.