When You Can’t Find the Blessings

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Today is October 30. That means for the past 29 days, I’ve been writing about blessings. Specifically, blessings that come wrapped in a disguise. Things like clogged drains, policemen, sickness, salty cookies, and budgets.

Because of this series, I’ve been thinking a lot about blessings in disguise. You see, it’s one thing to find blessings when the disguise is something like lost shoes and a dirty towel.

But how about when the disguise is something life changing? When it’s something that takes you by surprise, breaks your heart, and leaves you with an uncertain future?

I’ve been burdened this week for a sweet couple who unexpectedly lost their 1 year old son due to an undiagnosed heart problem. My heart has been heavy and my prayers for them have been frequent. My son, Nate, is almost 12 months, so I guess the death of this little guy hits home. Makes me hold mine a little longer & squeeze hima bit tighter.

Are there blessings in a disguise like that? What do you do when you can’t see them?

I don’t have a prescribed blessing for every disguise. Life isn’t like that. It’s not as if you can clearly see a blessing surrounding every trial. Sometimes you may never know why certain things come into your life.

There is one thing that’s for certain, though.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you,
so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times,
you may abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8

God’s abounding grace is something you can count on. 

That doesn’t mean it will be easy. But it does mean God will give you the grace to be joyful, peaceful, and thankful. Though sometimes it may seem impossible.

I know it because I’ve read God’s promises, seen testimonies of my faith-filled friends, and experienced His grace during loss.

Do you believe in the power of God’s grace?

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7 comments

  1. Michele says:

    I have loved reading the blessings in disguise each day.

    I have a couple thoughts.

    Today’s blessing may be harder to see and feel, and emotions are so raw that the heartache feels stronger than the blessing.

    Going through a similar situation, the blessings weren’t disguised, they were just more ‘hidden’, until I was ready to accept the blessings and appreciate them. The friends that were the most supportive allowed me to just feel the grief, and at the same time guided me and let me reach the perspective of the blessings stage, when I was ready.

    Now that my grief isn’t acute, I can count many many MANY blessings from the loss of my children. An important one is that I learned to rely on the Lord more. I got closer to Him. I understand better how He feels when I ache, when I make bad choices. I understand the Atonement better and it became a part of my life that it wasn’t before.

    However, the most important one is that the grief itself was an opportunity to be more Christlike. “Jesus Wept.”

  2. Christa says:

    Thanks, Michele. You speak with not only a voice of experience, but also with the heart of someone who has grown to love and trust Jesus more because of the trial. Thanks for your testimony of God’s grace.

  3. so somehow I missed this post during the series and I just saw it linked below today’s post.

    The Lord knew I would need it TODAY! We just got an unexpected, pretty scary health diagnosis on David’s side of the family today. Blessing?? Even a blessing in disguise?? – don’t really see that right now. Especially coming at a time when my side of the family is struggling, and David and I have a big, important decision to make regarding a job too.

    But God’s Word and His promises have been a comfort more than ever today. Even the songs on the girls cd we listened to in the car today – huge blessing! “The Lord’s my shepherd, He takes care of me…Even in dark valleys, when I cannot see.”

  4. Christa says:

    God’s promises are so comforting, aren’t they? I will be praying for you. Let me know how things go with the job and health situation.

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