Ok, let me start with an apology about the title. I promise I’m not about to get political. Please stick with me!!
Let me start with the backstory. While I was in college, I had a friend who got pregnant. Having grown up in a Christian environment, she knew to be shell shocked and embarrassed. She called me not too long after she left her appointment. I asked if she wanted me to go with her to tell her parents because my assumption was that of course she was going to have the baby. I was the one shell shocked when she told me that she and her boyfriend had already decided to abort. She went on to tearfully tell me that she was terrified of what her church family among others would say. Having grown up in this church family, she knew all too well what the whispers would sound like once they all found out. Sadly, I’m sure you do too. (There's another lesson to be had here too. The one place that people should know they can turn when they've messed up, is among God's people. They should always feel as if we are going to support and love on them as we've been loved by a perfect Savior.)
Let’s take a look at scripture. Flip over to Psalms 127:3,
"3Children are a blessing
and a gift from the Lord."
I have encountered nowhere in scripture where God says He’s punishing someone by making them a parent. On the other hand, there are a number of places where children are described as blessings.
This is what I believe God has been showing me with this memory of mine. Children aren’t the only blessings that He gives. Do you recognize all your blessings as such? Or like my sweet friend, do you see a blessing as a disruption to your plans that needs to be removed? Everyone’s story is different, but one thing I know is that He has blessed you with something. Do you always see it as a blessing? Maybe it’s a job that initially looked perfect for you but now is full of demands you didn’t anticipate. Perhaps He had you move across country (or maybe just across town) and away from your support group in an effort to grow you.
There are days that I don’t see His children in my home as blessings from above. (Then I peek in on them while they’re sleep and I smile.) There are days that laundry is piling up like a skyscraper going up in a bustling downtown. There are days that I feel pulled in every direction but right with no time to get anywhere. There are days that I am just counting the minutes/hours until nap time just to get a break. Its in these moments that I have taken my eye off the prize…. God’s glory! Just like God told Abraham,
"17 The Lord said to himself, “I should tell Abraham what I am going to do, 18 since his family will become a great and powerful nation that will be a blessing to all the other nations on earth. 19 I have chosen him to teach his family to obey me forever and to do what is right and fair. If they do, I will give Abraham many descendants, just as I promised.”, Genesis 18:17-19, CEV
He was blessed so that he could bless others. In other words, Abraham was given a blessing so that his obedience and the family that came from his obedience would bless all the other nations on earth!! I was blessed with two beautifully sweet children so that my obedience would become a blessing to those around me, namely those two little souls. With what were you blessed? Time? Health? Wealth? Kids? No kids?
This week’s challenge is to recognize your blessings for what they are. We have a loving, caring compassionate God who is ready and willing to bless you freely within His will.
We are grateful to you for all the many blessings you have sent our way. This includes the ones who call us dad or mom. Especially in the hard times, help us to remember this!