B Moments, shapes

Sit Back and Receive God’s Myriad Blessings

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes.

Recently, we talked about how God won’t lead you where He won’t feed you. We also studied parts of the prophet Elijah’s journey during the severe drought. When Elijah started out on his journey, God directed him to the Kerith Brook and told him to drink from the stream. God also commanded the ravens to feed Elijah.

Eventually, the brook dried up, and Elijah could no longer receive his water from the brook nor his food from the ravens. God then sent Elijah to meet a widow and the widow became his source for food and water.

It is clear that ravens in the air and a widow look quite different. That’s because God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes, we can be caught off guard when God’s blessings come from a different source. In other words, we can be guilty of confining God’s blessings to our own understanding.

For example, God used nature—the brook and the birds of the air—to bless Elijah during the first part of his journey. Therefore, the human inclination is to look towards nature again because we believe that if God used nature once, He will use it again. Yet that is not necessarily true.

This is how we can miss our blessings. We are looking for them to come from one way, and they end up coming from another direction and in a different form. However, they are all blessings from the Lord as it all belongs to Him.

The next time God’s actions feel like a Jedi mind trick to you, remember these words: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

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So today, don’t try to case God’s blessings—just receive them.

B Moment, sun

Appreciating God’s Sunshine

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Genesis 1:3-4 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about appreciating God’s sunshine. I mean this both literally as well as figuratively because, while we should celebrate the sun, we should also cherish everything from God that gives us sustenance.

Personally, I have some very demanding goals for 2017, and trying to accomplish all of them, plus the work in my everyday life, is tough. A lot of times, it feels like a rat race where I’m running, running, running through a maze of responsibilities. I run to the office; I run a few errands; I run to get my coffee. On some Sundays, I am even guilty of running to church!

It is because of this “running” mindset that we forget to take in the sustenance that God has provided for us. He has given us food and water and sunshine specifically to sustain us. When we are constantly running though, we don’t take the time to appreciate this sustenance, and our metaphorical engines run empty, rather than with the fullness of all His gifts.

I have personally experienced how difficult it is to take a break from the rat race because it often feels like a setback. However, it is so important to appreciate what God has bestowed upon us.

So, when I can, I go on “God walks.” This means I just go outside and simply appreciate nature–no music, no work, no distractions. I know it can be cold outside at times, but His sunshine blesses and energizes me in a way that nothing else can.

If you, too, need to take a moment to appreciate the sunshine, go back to what He said in the beginning and cling to these words: “Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.” Genesis 1:3-4 (NLT)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, take a walk in His sunshine.