Are “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. (Job 1:20-21)
Monday started off like any normal day. I took my dog for a walk, ate some cereal, drank my coffee, drove to work, and went to staff meeting. It wasn’t until I walked back into my office and started looking at my computer screen that I realized something was wrong. The screen was all blurry. I took a closer look. Not a problem with the computer… odd. So I pulled out a book. Sure enough, that was all blurry too. My fellow glasses/contacts wearers can empathize as I did the customary “reading trombone” where you move the book back and forth, far and near, trying to get the words to come into focus. No luck. Something was wrong. I know your prescription can change but it shouldn’t in a day! So here I am writing my article, a doctor’s appointment and trip to Walgreens later with a freshly diagnosed double eye infection.
This Monday adventure left me with some time to think. The biggest is how much I take my health for granted. For example, I remember having a stomach bug. I never realized how much I appreciated food until I couldn’t keep down even a sip of water. When I was younger I fell off a building working a summer job. With both of my feet injured, I spent the next 10 days unable to even stand in the shower. I never realized the tremendous gift I had in just being able to get around. Now realize how much I didn’t appreciate seeing until suddenly I was unable to!
I have been fortunate in that most of my set backs were only temporary. I was able to bounce back in a matter of days to weeks. But that is not the case for everyone. Sometimes the tremendous blessings of God are taken from us. Those blessings can take the form of our health, certainly. But God’s blessings can also be a loved one. It could be our ability to focus and think clearly. Or it could be our independence, our right to choose for ourselves. All of these, as in the case above, are things we have every day…and likely have taken for granted. We didn’t pay attention, until it was gone, snatched from our helpless grasp. This puts us in a position where we can go one of two directions. We can either live our lives angry, feeling robbed of what we deserve. Or we can live our lives being grateful for the time we were able to have with our gift. I think we all know where we ought to be.
My encouragement to us all is to take some time thanking God for our many blessings. Think of all the important things that we truly cherish. The things that enrich our lives and point us back towards God. Don’t take for granted all that the Lord has given. There are no promises you will have it tomorrow. And when tomorrow comes, whether the Lord gives, or the Lord takes, be prepared to bless His name.