“It is God’s blessings that make man rich.”
At first I wasn’t sure why the Lord was moving me to post this blog. This is not what I had in mind when I sat down to type this out. I was going to do a blog about something TOTALLY different. But I realized, this is now the month of November. Thanksgiving is celebrated in November, so now I understand. As this title of this blog suggests – EVERYTHING has VALUE. That is something we fail to consider most of the time. We take so much for granted. The water we drink; the car we drive; the clothes we wear; the food we eat; the air that we breathe; our health; even our own personal lives!! We have forgotten to take stock in the blessings we are given! We constantly complain about what we DON’T have or things that aren’t “working out the way WE want them to go. But now is the time to begin to take inventory. Start looking at what you DO have or the things that took a “positive turn” and grow from there. I believe you will be surprised and find you are on top of the game and lacking little to nothing.
Something that I have found throughout my life is that sometimes the blessings that we obtain are not so obvious. When the Lord used Moses to release the Hebrew people out from under the rule of Pharaoh, God sent them on a road that was less traveled. God knew that if He sent them on the shortest and quickest route, they would encounter an opposing tribe and army. That meant they would have to go to battle. Some of the Hebrew people would have gotten discouraged and wanted to go back to Egypt. That is not what God wanted for them, so He sent them on a longer route, but there would be no battle. That was a blessing to the Hebrew people!
During the holocaust, a Christian Netherland woman named Corrie ten Boom, along with her parents and siblings, were arrested by the German Nazi Gestapo for harboring Jewish people in their home and taking part in an underground railroad. This woman was quite accomplished in her own right, at the time of her arrest. She was the first female watchmaker to ever be licensed in the Netherlands; she taught a Bible class to teenage girls; she was also a teacher to the children who were mentally challenged. None of this seemed to matter when she was held in the concentration camps for her crime. In her book, The Hiding Place, she wrote that she was grateful for the lice in her hair. While we may cringe at the thought, we wonder why she would be grateful for something so creepy. The German soldiers had a disdain & phobia for the little critters crawling around and wanted nothing to do with them. So, while they had tendencies to beat, rape and accost the women prisoners, they would pass on the ones who were afflicted with lice. To most people, having lice would be a great grievance, but to the ten Boom women this was a great blessing!
My husband and I had been given possession of a church building in the final years of the 20th century. We used that building to begin having a church. Just shy of the 20 year mark the city was approached by a group of people who claimed they could and would refurbish that building within 6 months, but the catch was they wanted possession of the building. So, long story short, the city, under new council, sold the building out from underneath us. At first we were stammered. But once we were out, we knew the Lord had more work for us to do. We no longer had a church but our ministry began to take off. I wrote a book – The Secret Weapons HIdden In God’s Light – which is very successful; we are going into other places we had not thought of going into previously; we are on the internet; we are able to travel more; I am in the middle of writing another book; we are reaching and ministering to more people now than when we had the church! At first, the incident did not feel like a blessing. We initially did not see it, but HALLELUJAH! It is an INCREDIBLE blessing!!
Look, I am sure if the Hebrew people wanted to, they could have started GRUMBLING about having to go the long way around, they could have, but they didn’t have to go to battle. Corrie ten Boom could have grumbled about being in the concentration camp and having lice in her hair, but she was grateful for them because they were a blessing. We could have grumbled about the church being jerked out of our hands, but we knew God wasn’t done with us. We just had to wait and see what He had in store for us once we no longer had to pay for the overhead and upkeep of the building. That was a REAL blessing!
Hope you have an abundant and happy harvest season!!
Until next time . . .
Many Blessings to You from
Vessels Of Light Ministries