So, here it is a couple of days into February and the sun is out and my outlook on life is getting somewhat better. January has to be the longest month of the year as it seems to last 31 months and not 31 days. It may just be me but January seems to be nothing but cold and gray. There is very little blue sky above and not much to see or do. Just gray everywhere.
In an effort to move away from the gray gloom and doom from the opening paragraph, I will now attempt to move forward. I have been threatening to (get ready, and be still my heart) take my camera out and try to challenge myself to find a photo somewhere that would be worthy of taking. That may not seem like much to you, but for whatever reason, (in other words I’m not entirely sure why) I have been neglecting the Nikon for a long time. I have seen several from other photographers so I know that the photos are still out there, I just need to find one that I can take. So, that’s one thing that’s on my list of things to do.
The other thing I have been working on is trying to focus on spiritual blessings that God has given me. Sometimes if we aren’t careful, we start looking at material blessings which leads us to comparing our “blessings” with other peoples” blessings” which then makes us feel that because our “blessings” and possessions aren’t as good or as much as someone else’s possessions, we haven’t been blessed as much as they have. And then we start wondering why God isn’t blessing us. We wonder what we have done wrong. We think God doesn’t hear our prayers, doesn’t care about us and lots of other thoughts that only feed our very mixed up and wrong feelings. And our feelings then continue to make us feel worse.
During the last few days I have been reading and studying the first chapter of Ephesians. I felt that God was drawing me to read this book and it didn’t take long to see where I was headed. In fact, verse three got right to the point.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ ~ Ephesians 1:3
There it was. SPIRITUAL BLESSING! And then it hit me. I was making the mistake of looking at worldly things when I need to focus on spiritual things. So for the last few days I have been reading and rereading this chapter. Looking for those spiritual blessings and I have been finding them. I was reminded that I was chosen in HIM before the foundation of this world, that I was adopted by HIM into HIS family, that I was redeemed by HIS blood and had forgiveness of my sin by HIS grace that he freely lavished on me. I was reminded that I have been sealed in HIM with the Holy Spirit of promise, which is given as a pledge of my inheritance with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession to the praise of HIS glory. (Verse 14) Then verse 19 – 23 Paul summed it up talking about the power of God as he raised Christ from the dead and seated HIM at His right hand in the heavenly places far above all rule and authority and every name, not only in this age but in the age to come. All things are in subjection to HIM and under HIS feet and HE is HEAD over all things to the church. WOW
Notice how that all the blessings mentioned are what GOD has done for us, not connected to how good we are but directly connected to the work of Christ on the cross, HIS grace, HIS work. The last few days took me back to things that I knew, but that had gotten lost on the battlefield of life. I thank God for reminding me that HIS blessings for me are just that. HIS! As I think on all this, the problems of this life have been placed back in their proper place. Make no mistake, they are still there and still real, but they are not going to last forever. This week God took me back to the basics, and that’s a good thing. When this life gets us down, there is nothing better we can do than to set our mind of what God has done. Focus on God and HIS work, and thank Him for all that HE is doing. HE IS WORTHY!
Have a great day and know that God loves you!