Have you ever gone through times when you did not have very much of… well, anything? I am not speaking of those things that we do not need yet greedily seek, never being content with what we have. I am talking about just your basic necessities not being met. Have your struggles ever been so great that you have no idea how to keep the roof over your head for another month, let alone where your next meal is going to come from? While some of us have never known such financial struggle, others have known even worse.
I have experienced both sides of the fence. Not being able to meet your own needs is scary enough, but I think it is even more so when you a have child or someone else that your responsible for and who is depending on you with their very life.
I recently wrote, “The Simplicity of Gratitude“ wanting to take nothing for granted and realizing how my own financial struggles have definitely made me more appreciative of even the smallest things that come my way. This is not some new revelation however, as it is something I have thought since I was very young.
But, perhaps we forget to be thankful once in awhile when things are going so great and therefore, maybe we are allowed opportunities (or struggles) as a reminder? That is why I wrote, “Would I Ever Know Jesus?” It is not about being a martyr, but rather how to recognize something good out of something bad, a chance to focus on the positives instead of the negatives, an opportunity for God to turn a curse into a blessing.
God is good and supplies our every need. We may not always like to admit it, but He knows what our needs are better than we do. I have a daughter and a couple of friends (some old and some new) that are reminders to me of what is truly important in this life.
On one hand, we need to survive and have our most basic needs and those of our families met. And I must admit, during times of struggle when my faith might not be as strong, there is nothing that restores it more than when people I don’t even know lend a helping hand. To be an unknown blessing to someone in need, is indeed to plant a seed (I just figured out a new poem!)
On the other hand, I have been stripped of everything before and yet my spirit can still rise above that circumstance, because of a simple embrace, someone’s attitude of grace, a listening ear, a word of encouragement, a small note left to brighten your day… I don’t know about you, but I soar from these seemingly small, but most significant acts of love. So, “thank you” to my daughter and my friends.
*May we never forget the blessings that come our way and may our attitudes reflect our gratitude and prayers of thanks.