Count Your Blessings

2020 was a terrible year for many people. People died, here one day and gone the next. Others lost their jobs, their homes, and their livelihood. Not many people can say they had it easy. And amid such pain, loss, and confusion, it is easy to see only the bad. After all, where is the silver lining in a pandemic-stricken year?

God’s grace. That you can read this means you are alive, able to breathe, and see another day. It means that you have a second chance to rebuild what was demolished, win back what was lost. It means you get to enjoy the sun one more time. You are here, and that is something to be grateful for.

Growing up, we sang,

count your blessings name them one by one

count your blessings see what God has done

count your blessings name them one by one

and it will surprise you what the Lord has done

I remember the first time I heard this song. I was just a child, but the magic was transformational. I was immediately grateful for my life, health, family, teachers, friends, neighbors – for all the little things. And every morning after that day, I said thank you for all these small things. I was overjoyed.

But like everything else, the magic faded.

When something big happened, I was grateful for it. These ‘big’ blessing became all I noticed – graduating from high school, good grades, my mum’s new job, our new home.

The little things took a back seat, not because I was ungrateful, but because God was doing bigger things, and I needed to notice those. Soon, I was taking the little things for granted, didn’t remember them.

When 2020 took a turn for the worst, I remembered the lyrics to another song;

Here I am again, dear Lord

I’m calling on your name

I’ve done this many times before

But this time it’s not the same

I didn’t come to ask or tell you to give me something more

I only came to say; I love you, Lord

When all the big things weren’t happening in 2020, rather than be sad, I tried to remember the small things. Breath, life, family, hope, friends, peace, cover during a crisis. The little, but not so little, things that God still gives, even when we forget to be thankful. Even when we take them for granted.

As we walk into 2021, fearfully so, let us remember to thank God for these things. To remember that even in the midst of the storm, He is God, and He is faithful.

And above all,

To be still and wait on Him.

Image by Chrystal Elizabeth from Pixabay

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