Every Thursday night at prayer meeting we have a time for people to share praises. As I ask if anyone has something to praise the Lord for, most people start thinking about the big stuff. As you can imagine some people don’t share because they haven’t received any big blessings from God that week.
In the same way, prayer is a struggle sometimes because we cannot think of anything to praise or worship God for. During my morning dog walk I sometimes can’t come up with a massive thing God did in my life the day before.
The problem with this is God gives us countless things to praise Him for…we just don’t notice them. In the busyness of life, it’s easy to become so focused on finding that big praise that we don’t recognize the smaller blessings that God truly does provide.
I was reminded of this last Tuesday during a visit the grocery store
One thing that I do enjoy and you cannot get in Saint Vincent is good coffee. They do sell Folgers and Maxwell House, but I’m a “coffee snob” so those brands don’t fall under the category of “good.” Actually you CAN get good coffee in SVG, but since most Vincy’s aren’t coffee drinkers, it costs too much to do for very long.
thats why I was shocked to find small bags of “eight o clock coffee” on sale for $20 Caribbean dollars instead of the normal price (about $50). I excitedly grabbed the two bags they had (would have bought more if they had them) and shared a photo on Instagram
I do believe that blessing should have been shared (anytime you get good coffee its exciting) but the smaller blessings of God should be shared as well;
- The strength to go and pass out tracts in a culture where people read them
- Food In my refrigerator
- Air Conditioning for my afternoon after-lunch cat nap (which is also a blessing)
- Warm sunny weather so I don’t have to stay inside all day
- A vehicle with good tires
- A park where I can share the Gospel, and read Bible Stories to children
- A guard-dog who not only protects the house, but gives companionship
- And technology that allows me to interact and communicate with family and friends all day
In a sense these “daily graces” of God (strength, transportation, openness to the Gospel) are such a part of my daily routine that I can take them for granted. But once one of them is taken away (My car is in the shop, I am sick) suddenly its clear what a blessing they are.
The answer to overlooking daily grace is mentally reviewing the small ways that God blesses your life. I’m reminded of an older song called “Thank You Lord for Your Blessings On Me“
While the world looks upon me
As I struggle along
They say I’ve got nothing
But they are so wrong
In my heart I’m rejoicing
How I wish they could see
Thank you Lord
For your blessing on me!
There’s a roof up above me
I’ve a good place to sleep
There’s food on my table
And shoes on my feet
You gave me your love Lord
And a fine family
Thank you Lord
For your blessings on me!
So as we praise God for the special blessings He provides ($20 coffee!) lets not forget to praise Him for our shoes as well.