“Teeny Tiny Blessings: Mighty Gifts of God” by Rev. Robin Arnold
“Teeny Tiny Blessings: Mighty Gifts of God”
By Rev. Robin Arnold
“The grace (blessing and favor) of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with your spirit. Amen (so be it).” Philemon 1:25 (AMPC)
I grew up in Denver, Colorado. I could look out of my bedroom window and see snow capped mountains in the month of May. If I went for a walk and if in the midst of my daydreaming, I turned in the wrong direction all I had to do was scan the land until I spotted the mountains and I knew I was looking in a western direction. In school we learned a song that stated that we lived in a city where a man could reach a mile high, the song went on to say “ you come across the prairies and there before your eyes, you see the “Rocky Mountain Peaks” climbing up to the sky!
Denver is officially one mile above sea level but areas range from 5,130 to 5,690 feet above sea level and the highest mountain is14,271 feet above the city of Denver, yet when someone who did not live in Denver, who had never seen the mountains, came to visit we were quick to say that the mountains were no big deal. No big deal, when we could take a 45-minute drive, get out of the car and stick our hands in the clouds!
It wasn’t until I left Denver and woke early one morning and while drinking a cup of tea, scanning the land and subconsciously looking for the mountains that I appreciated the mountains. I thought about how teeny tiny the mountains appeared from my bedroom window and how mighty the mountains actually were…
Everyday of our lives we are graced with a multitude of teeny tiny blessings. The eyelashes that shield our eyes, the breath we inhale, the beating of our heart, the circulation of our blood, the ability to hear, see, touch and smell.
We take for granted that our bodies are covered with the finest hair to shield us from the burn of the wind.
We anger at the sound of our children arguing, instead of listening to what is being said during the argument.
We raise our voices at our children when they are running through the house playing, instead of memorizing the sound of their laughter.
We get annoyed at babies crying in restaurants instead of hearing melodic communication and being happy for the new baby’s life and family.
We anger when the car in front of us is driving slow, not considering that it may be someone who is learning to drive or maybe even lost or that God placed us behind the car, that we might slow down to assure we arrive safely at our destination.
We complain about the rain without looking for the rainbow, we fuss about the sun with no regards for the warmth, we voice there are just not enough hours in the day, yet we don’t set time aside to pray at night.
We neglect to speak to our neighbors, help them carrying the groceries, yet we will stand on the porch and watch if a police car is in front of their house.
We speed through school zones without regards to the teeny tiny children walking home.
We don’t return smiles from strangers and we don’t smile enough in our homes.
We spend each and everyday walking through, among and with teeny tiny blessings without thanking God for His gifts
I recently had a blowout while driving on the interstate and as I waited for rescue, I glanced across the busy street and noticed the sun setting; it was beautiful, I stopped and thanked God for allowing me to live one more day. In the middle of thanking God, I began to praise because I had a car and even if the tire was severely flat, I still had a car! At that moment, a tear rolled down my cheek… A Teeny Tiny Tear.
A tear that cleanses my eyes, clears my sight, and is a grateful expression for having a car.
If we are not careful to humbly walk in mercy and graciousness we will miss the grace and favor of God, we will go through life missing the teeny tiny blessings that are mighty gifts of God.
So on this day, I pray…The grace (blessing and favor) of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with your spirit. Amen (so be it).