”This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with His mighty hand” (Exodus 13:9).
I sat across from my friend’s hospital bed trying to think of ways to encourage him. He had survived his second stroke, this time his left side was paralyzed, but his mental faculties and ability to communicate was intact.
Along with pointing out that God had saved his life a second time despite a very serious stroke, I recalled other times God had protected both he and I.
Now in our fifties, I reminded him of when we were teens driving his parent’s car at 120 miles per hour down a long stretch of country road. As we finally slowed down to about forty miles per hour and the left front tire blew out, nearly throwing us into a ditch.
It was God’s little reminder that our stupidity could have cost us our lives, but He had looked out for us anyway.
I reminded my friend of other times God had intervened–and that God would not have done so if there was not a purpose for his life, some reason for him to still be here.
You are on this earth for a purpose.
You may not be on a hospital bed recovering from a stroke, but whatever your illness or disease, you are alive for a reason! God has a purpose for you.
When troubles mount, when new issues arise, leaving us swamped beneath a mound of difficulties, we can forget to count our blessings. We forget to remember the many good things God has done for us.
One thing that can help you to start adding up your blessings is to recall the many times God has intervened in your life.
Life throws many problems our way, challenges that can overwhelm us. The key to getting your mind off of your troubles is to start counting your blessings.
Prayer: Dear Lord, there are often things to complain about, but help us to remember the many times You protected us and blessed us. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. The Lord has protected and delivered him many times that he knows about, and probably many more that he does not know about.
Do you have a reason to praise God? Is there anything you can give Him thanks for?
This is Kristian Stanfill singing “One Thing Remains.” No matter how our life changes, no matter what blessings or burdens we are carrying with us through our week God’s love will never give up on us, He will never fail. Every purpose He has will come to fruition and we can be certain that everything He allows into our life can be redeemed by Him. -Lisa