Thoughts on Blessings

This is not what I was going to post today. As I was writing in my journal one night this week, I remembered a story that I felt like I needed to share.  I have been thinking quite a bit about blessings from God lately.  I feel terrible that I cannot remember where I read/heard this story.  I have been listening to so many podcasts and reading so many books lately that I can’t figure out where it came from {I did look through the books that I have read in the last month – I can’t find the reference anywhere}.

A man died and was taken to heaven.  He was pretty satisfied with his life, the Lord has blessed him greatly and he could not wait to thank the Lord for the blessings.  After he passed through the gates, he met with God {for some reason i picture this as a principal’s office}, as the man was waiting he noticed a long wall of filing cabinets.  The man noticed that there were names on every drawer.  He found the drawer marked with his name and couldn’t decide what to do – should he open it? What would he find?  He was startled when a voice came from behind him, it was the Lord.  He told the mad that he should open the drawer.  As the man pulled open the drawer, it never stopped – the drawer was seemingly endless.  The man asked the Lord, “what is in here?”  The Lord replied, “They are your blessings, that I wanted to bestow upon you but you never asked for them.”  The man was shocked, he had a very blessed and fulfilled life, yet there were more blessings to be bestowed.  The Lord had an endless filing cabinet drawer of blessings that he could have received, all he had to do was ask.

Hearing this story for the first time, I was not sure I believed it.  But it is true!  The last week that I have had countless blessings bestowed upon me, mostly small things, but I have been paying attention.  I also asked.  I asked God to bless me in specific ways and I asked in general for whatever blessings he saw fit to bestow upon me.  I am sure that my filing cabinet is pretty full with years passed when I haven’t asked for blessings.  I didn’t ask because I either didn’t feel worthy, or worse, I was leaning on my own understanding {the hardest thing for me – letting go of control and letting God take over}.

God wants to bless us, He loves us, He wants us to be as happy as possible.

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”  Luke 11:9 (NLT)

Let’s try to minimize our missed blessings!  Have a great weekend y’all!

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