The other day, I plopped down into my bean bag to read a book. But I realized I had forgotten something at my desk. I struggled to get up, which proved difficult since the bean bag was so squishy. I wished there was someone in the room to give me a hand.
In that moment, as I sometimes do, I talked to God. I joked. “Too bad You’re not right here with me to help me stand up.” Then I heard a snappy reply. It was more a feeling than a thought, but it went something like “Help you up? Who gave you your legs to stand up, and the nerves that send the signal, and the muscles that work? Yeah…that was me. I’m helping you more than you know.” I couldn’t help but laugh.
While God doesn’t always answer us like that, it’s true that He’s given us so much in so many ways that we take for granted. Think about some of the little things He has given us: breathable air, delicious food, explosive colors, warm sunsets, fresh cookies, and the familiar love of friends.
Paul hinted at these simple blessings in Romans. “Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God” (1:20, NLT). Even though we forget about God’s little gifts, they’re still there. His little, forgotten blessings to us still keep coming. And when we notice them, we see his “invisible qualities” of love to us.
This week, keep your eyes open and try to pick a simple blessing each day to thank God for.
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