So often I get distracted by my wants and needs and by the things that aren’t going the way I want. I find myself complaining about things like hot weather, bad water pressure and a generator that doesn’t work the way it should. I get weighed down with all the heartaches, difficulties and disappointments of life and then I read things like this:

 

“If you have placed yourself in the center of your world; if you have reduced your active field of concern down to the small confines of your wants, your needs, and your feelings … you will have constant reason to complain”.  Paul David Tripp

 

Reading this was a reminder that I need to look beyond myself and the little world I like to live in. It reminds me that I need to open my eyes to the rest of the world that’s out there. It reminds me that I need to be more intentional in giving thanks for all God has blessed me with. There are so many blessings I don’t even think about that I should be giving thanks for every day – things like: health, education and the ability to see, hear, touch, taste and feel. Things like clean water and the message of the gospel.

God often uses circumstances and others to teach/remind me of valuable life lessons. Recently I went on a 12-day bush trip, and spending this time outside my little world, once again, opened my eyes to many things God has blessed me with. On this trip, we drilled wells in 9 villages and though every village was different, every village had the same basic needs – clean water and to hear the message of the gospel.

I cannot begin to grasp what it is like to not have access to clean water or to walk miles to get what water I can. Several different nights on this trip I was brought a bucket of murky water for my bath. I’m used to this, so at first it was no big deal for me. However, when I let myself think outside my little world, I realized how blessed I am to be able to turn on any one of five faucets in my house and have clean water any time I want. I don’t have to use murky water, I don’t have to walk miles to get water and I don’t have to worry about getting sick from drinking water I can easily filter. This was a definite reminder that I should be giving thanks for blessings like clean water more often.

As we drove into one village, we passed a school just as classes were letting out and crowds of children followed us to the church property where we were going to drill and set up camp. Being surrounded by crowds watching everything you do (including watching you fall asleep) can get old at times, but as I sat in this village watching these children I thought about how most of them are being raised believing lies and never hearing the truth of the gospel. In that moment, God reminded me how blessed I am to have grown up learning about Him and the message of the gospel. Most of the people in the villages we visit have not had the same opportunity.   I don’t always understand why I have had this opportunity and others haven’t, but I do know that I should be giving Him thanks every day because I have heard the message of His gospel over and over from the day I was born.

We drilled 9 wells in 9 different villages in 9 days of drilling. I have been on many well-drilling trips and I have never seen this happen. I know it is a gift from God and want to take time to celebrate that. I want to celebrate that there are now 9 villages that have clean drinking water and there are now 9 wells that will hopefully provide the pastors with many opportunities to share the message of Living Water. At the same time, I want to take time to celebrate all the many blessings in my life. In those days when I am walking through difficult times, when my heart it breaking, when I don’t understand why God is doing the things He is doing, when things aren’t working out the way I want them to or when something as simple as a generator that won’t work properly starts to get me discouraged I want to make the choice to count my every blessing.

After returning from the bush, I heard a new song that confirmed everything God has been teaching me. I have listened to it over and over and want to share the words, as they express my thoughts exactly.

 

I was blind, now I’m seeing in colour

I was dead, now I’m living forever

I had failed, but You were my Redeemer

I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

 

I was lost, now I’m found by the Father

I’ve been changed from a ruin to treasure

I’ve been given a hope and a future

I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Letting go and trusting when I cannot see

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Surely every season You are good to me

You were there in the valley of shadows

You were there in the depth of my sorrows

You’re my strength, my hope for tomorrow

I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Letting go and trusting when I cannot see

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Surely every season You are good to me

Surely Your goodness pursues me

Surely Your heart is still for me

I will remember Your mercies all my days

Through every storm and gale

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Letting go and trusting when I cannot see

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Surely every season You are good to me

 

Counting Every Blessing

Rend Collective

 

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