Life’s blessings as numerous as grains of sand

Sand everywhere! I don’t even get to the beach that often and my car’s floorboards are covered with sand.

I wish my garden were more productive, but what can I expect in a dry year with soil that is almost pure sand. I need to weigh down a canopy tent with some kind of corner weights. What about sand bags? Those shouldn’t be difficult to come up with. It is hard to get away from sand when you live so close to Lake Michigan.

If you live here long enough, you take sand for granted, or even resent it a little. It becomes difficult to remember that we are sitting on the biggest sand pile in the world, composed of some of the best quality silica sand on the planet. Sand has so many uses in the modern world that it is in great demand, a very important resource. It’ll take forever with grains of sand, but we should count our blessings.

Isn’t that the way it is with so many of the deep blessings of life? We can be extraordinarily blessed and yet take it all for granted.

I grew up in a family where meals were always eaten with the family together at the table. Our family was always in church on Sunday mornings. My parents were strongly supportive of our schooling. So many huge blessings that I assumed every child had. That kind of family strength and stability is getting harder to come by for children today and was less common than I thought even 50 years ago.

Looking back on our childhoods we can all remember the struggles, the slights, the failures we endured. They may be easy to name even years later. But the genuine deep blessings were like the air we breathe, invisible to us and so unrecognized and unacknowledged. We may remember to thank God for healing, but we don’t often even think about continued good health as a blessing for which to give thanks.

What are the blessings in your life that seem as common as sand to you? What are you not seeing at all, even though the faults and failures of life are all too obvious?

If you are anxious or dealing with negative feelings about life, or if you wonder if God is paying attention to you, then you may need to open your eyes to see the common, everyday blessings that are already yours in abundance. Give thanks for your blessings, no matter what else is happening in your life. The blessings may be unnoticed, but are surely as numerous as grains of sand on the beach.

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