May 12, 2020

Look for Blessings Around You

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 12, 2020

But indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD.  Numbers 14:21

A few weeks ago, our grandson, Hudson, came to visit us with his mom and dad. I was super excited to see all of them—and was especially looking forward to showing Hudson the mountains. He’s almost three, so he’s at that age where he is talking a ton, and soaking up information like a little sponge, and is developing a fun little personality. 

I wanted him to have fun while he was here, and I wanted him to be delighted, so I prayed, “Lord, would you please allow Hudson to see a moose?” 

We live in the mountains in Colorado and we occasionally see moose in our neighborhood, on the ski slopes, or around town. But this winter I had only seen one—so prayer was definitely in order.

After picking up Hudson and his parents from the airport, we drove two hours to get home. We pulled into town, turned onto Main Street, then turned a corner to head toward the house. 

Just then, my husband stopped the car and pointed out an old steam engine in a playground that has been parked for kids to explore. Hudson loooooves trains. He’s completely enamored with them. Immediately, he pointed. “He says choooo choooo! Choooo chooooo!” he exclaimed. 

Just when Hudson was sharing the various sounds the engine makes, a female moose walked up next to the train in the snow. I was one delighted grandma! We had just driven into town and we already had our moose! Wooohooo! 

“Look, Hudson! Look! A moose!” I exclaimed. But he was so enamored with the train that he didn’t see the moose. “Choooo chooo!” he said. 

I tried a couple times to get Hudson’s attention because I knew the moose would quickly walk away, but it was no use. The moose turned and went into the trees.  I was glad our little guy enjoyed the train, but I was bummed that he didn’t get to see the moose. 

I guess life is kind of like that sometimes, isn’t it? Sometimes we’re so distracted that we don’t see the blessings around us. 

We’re so distracted with what is familiar that we can’t see the new thing that God is doing. 

We’re so distracted with worry, that we can’t see the good that God is developing.

We’re so distracted with our goals, our plans, and our purposes that we can’t see what God wants to show us. 

We’re so distracted with fear that we can’t see blessings God wants to give us. 

But if we’ll ask Him to help us remain aware and keep us alert, we’ll notice Him at work everywhere, in the good times and in the bad times. We’ll see the ways He wants to delight us and bring us joy no matter what is happening in our lives. And that—my friend—is amazing. 

“And one called out to another and said, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory’” (Isaiah 6:3).

Prayer

Lord, how awesome it is that your blessings are everywhere. We only need to take the time to ask you what you want to show us and keep our eyes open for your work. How marvelous are your blessings! Amen!


Application

Be mindful today of what the Lord is doing around you. Ask Him to show you His blessings today.


Related Reading

James 1:17; 2 Corinthians 9:8; John 1:16

Here is a helpful resource during these days of grief, sorrow and uncertainty: A Little Book of Comfort


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