"You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less." (Matthew 5:5)
My friend, Sharon, posted Matthew 5:5-10 (read the whole thing here) on Facebook this morning. As I read that first verse, I was reminded of a song - "We Are Blessed" by All Sons & Daughters. I pulled up a video of it on YouTube and as I sat listening, I had the overwhelming sense that I had to get out my computer and write so that I could tell you just how very blessed I feel lately.
The strange thing is, when I tell you what's going on in my life right now, you might not see a lot of blessing right away.
My sweet, funny, amazing guy - Dan - has ulcerative colitis. UC is an autoimmune disorder that falls under the "Irritable Bowel Disorder" umbrella, and it's as unpleasant as it sounds. Dan was in the hospital for 3 weeks back in March because his flare up of the disease couldn't be controlled well. We thought it had calmed down, but a few weeks ago it flared up again. He's been battling a bacterial infection that hasn't gone away despite very, very high doses of antibiotics. Then, thanks to these high doses of antibiotics, he recently ended up with a fungal infection. He's pretty much a hot mess -- emphasis on the hot part because he's also incredibly handsome. ;-)
So where's the blessing?
I am blessed because God gave me this fascination with learning about nutrition and digestive health - despite having no digestive issues myself.
I am blessed because I love to cook and I can cook healthy meals for Dan that ease his disease.
I am blessed because God gives me patience to trust Him.
I am blessed because God gives me the ability to see the light at the end of every tunnel - even when the tunnel is long and the light is faint.
I am blessed because God is giving me the opportunity to serve someone else.
I am blessed because I am loved and appreciated and valued by God, and by Dan.
I see the blessing all around me in this situation. Blessings don't come only in the good times. It's often in the times of trial that we can see the most blessing - but only if you look for them. It reminds me of the lyrics of a favorite song "I will look up, for there is none above You. I will bow down, to tell You that I need You, Jesus Lord of All. I will look back and see that You are faithful. I look ahead, believing You are able." The key there - is we have to do the looking.
If you're struggling - look around you. Look up. Bow down. Look back. Look ahead. There's blessing somewhere. It might not be big, it might not be show stopping and dramatic - but it's there. God does not allow us to suffer in vain.
I am blessed because, through the storms of life - God has given me someone to share the umbrella with.