Real blessings?

January 30, 2019

 

    

 My friend, may I ask you a question? If God never sleeps, why is it that we so often lose sleep over things that we can’t control? Think about it, how often have you’ve gone to bed at night worried about what might happen tomorrow, the day after that, or even farther down the road? Did that worry bless you in any way?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

Years ago I used to occasionally sleep over at my Grandpa’s cottage. He lived on a lake and every now and then a sum- mer storm would brew up over the lake and come crashing over the water right smack dab into his little cottage. The wind would blow and the windows rattled. But, my grandfather slept through it all. When I told him how scared I had been in the night, he would reply, “God is always watching; so I stay sleeping. After all, there’s no need for both of us to stay awake--is there?” 

 

If God never sleeps, why is it that we so often lose sleep over things that we can’t control? Think about it, how often have you’ve gone to bed at night worried about what might happen tomorrow, the day after that, or even farther down the road? Did that worry bless you in any way?

 

Here’s a story: Years ago a merchant failed in business. He went home in great despair. “What’s the matter?” asked his wife. “I am ruined; I have lost everything!” he exclaimed, pressing his hand on his forehead. “All?” asked his wife. “No, I am left.” “All, Papa?” asked his son. “Here I am.” “And I too,” said his little girl, running up and putting her arms around his neck. “And you have your health left,” said his wife. “And your hands to work with,” said his son, “and I can help you.” “And your two feet, Papa, to carry you about, and your two eyes to see with, Papa,” said his little girl. “And you have God’s promises,” said the grandmother. “And a good God,” said his wife. “And heaven to go to,” said his little girl. “And Jesus who opened heaven for us,” said his son. 

“God forgive me!” said the poor merchant, bursting into tears. “I have not lost all. What have I lost compared to what I have left?” He took comfort, and began to look at the world with trusting eyes. (Sermon illustrations.com) 

 

The Bible tells us that “those who know (God’s) name will trust in (Him), for (He), (the) Lord, (has) never forsaken those who seek (Him)”(Psalm 9:10). If you know God, you know that He never tires of taking care of you. You can trust that God will never forsake you because He never has his eye off you. All we simply need to do is to look around us at all the blessings He has given us. It’s then that we know, as my Grandpa did, God never sleeps, so that we can. 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father. Our minds can hardly fathom the depth of your love for us. So when our anxious hearts feel suffocated with the mounds of worry this life can bring, we only know to come to you. You who knows every hair on our heads. You who flung stars into space. You who plans every step we take, when our worry mounds and builds, escalating to numbers that exceed my expectations, You ask me to relinquish our cares to Your hand. Would you give us the courage to trust You wholly? Would you give us Your peace that calms all fears? For that is when we are rejuvenated…from pitiful worrier…to prayer warrior. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!” 

 

<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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