The sun was shining, birds were chirping and the snow had finally stopped! It had been snowing all weekend long and all throughout the area, people were snowed in their homes. But now it was time to break free! However, this wasn’t going to be an easy task. We had just received an estimated 2ft of snow! Typically, I would have been less than thrilled to tackle the daunting task of shoveling myself and my car free, but not today, for today was different.
I made a vow that I would not complain about the things that I prayed for. When it was time for me to get a new car, I prayed for that car and prayed that God would provide exactly what I needed. Two years ago, when I was in the process of purchasing a home, I prayed for my home and solicited prayers from others. I prayed for these blessings and I was not going to let some snow keep me from having a heart of gratitude. I was going to shovel myself free and I was going to enjoy it!
I bundled up, grabbed my music, my headphones and headed out for a nice day outside. I was shoveling and singing along to the music blasting through my headphones, really enjoying myself, but after about an hour, I decided to take a short break. I went inside to grab some water and a snack. After sitting for a few minutes, it was time to head back out for round 2.
Just as I was about to start shoveling again, my phone rang. It was one of my friends from church, checking on me to see if I needed any help shoveling. He said he was praying for someone to bless and the Lord put me on his heart! I was honored.
When we choose to rejoice in all things and have a heart of gratitude and thankfulness, for everything God has done for us, He honors that and finds pleasure in blessing us exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). I could have chosen to complain about my situation, having to shovel all that snow by myself, not being in a relationship or married for someone to help me, etc. But instead, I choose to adopt the attitude of Paul in Philippians 4, where he talks about being content in every situation.
God is not ignorant to our needs and desires. When we begin to bless Him for the things that He has already done and is doing in our lives instead of complaining about the things He hasn’t done, that’s when we show Him we are in a posture to receive the unexpected blessing.
Prayer: My God, my King, You are so amazing! Thank You for all of the unexpected blessings You have bestowed upon me. Continue to allow me to be content in every situation and know that You will supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory as Your Word says, in Jesus’ name, Amen!