Today cannot be a time of blessing, can it? After all, we are social distancing, staying 6-feet away and looking at others like walking-viruses, ready to attack.
God, what do you have for me, here, in this weird place? This is an important question to ask.
I believe there are blessings available for those who ask. A blessing, not a cursing — for those with eyes to see. A bounty, not a backbreaking burden — for those at home.
Is that you? Or, do you feel it is unbiblical to be blessed? To seek a blessing?
You know, my friends and family…
for a long time, I could not receive a blessing. Nor, would I ask God for one. It felt self-indulgent to say, “Lord, will you bless me?” It felt unbiblical to say, “God, I want your blessings.” There are so many people who need so much more than I do. Who am I to ask. I should be a servant, not a seeker for myself…
Yet, a Psalm, written by David, a man after God’s own heart — set me straight. Within it David says:
“With all my heart I want your blessings.” Ps. 119:58
If David wanted a blessing, and God inspired these very words in His Word, who am I to disagree? I can ask for a blessing, with my whole heart, without shame!
“God, I want your blessings. With all my heart, I want your blessings. In a time of Coronavirus I want your blessings!”
The fact of the matter is — I need God’s blessings — His unmerited favor, right now, in my time of trouble, more than ever. Anything less than me needing God’s blessing is likely pride in-action.
To think I can do it without God’s help and generous giving is probably self-work or pious self-proving.
Thanks to God’s wisdom on this, during this season, I have received His blessing. This is why this time of “social distancing” has become a different time. Rather than “social distancing”, it is a time of “family gathering”. I have gotten closer to my kids and husband. I have laughed more. I have played more. I have gotten to know fun without big price tags.
I am blessed! What is simple has trumped what is complex and the peace of the Lord is here — in my house.
Because of this, I give him thanks. All glory to Him; I am blessed.
Might you ask God for a risky thing: to be blessed today…?
Prayer: Father God? I ask you for more, today. More blessings! More of you! More of what you have for me! I ask without shame! I ask expecting to receive. I ask ready to give all thanks and glory back to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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I keep thinking that it’s no accident this pandemic has occurred in conjunction with Lent, and the worst numbers in the U.S. are expected… during Holy Week. I can’t decide whether I think this is a distraction from the pit of hell or a device from God’s heart, intended to turn OUR hearts toward him as all our known forms of observance are unavailable. I guess that depends on our response, right?
What would happen if we embraced the latter and focused fully on his purposes for us this week?
Blessings to you and your family, Kelly!
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“Anything less than me needing God’s blessing is likely pride in-action.” So true.
I love this. I am praying this prayer today.
Yes, I believe God is pleased when we ask for his blessings and is pleased to give them to us. Thanks, Kelly.
Kelly, this post is so full of truth. I wrote in a recent blog post that all this time as a family can be seen either as a blessing or a burden. I can definitely see God’s blessing in all of this.
I agree, Kelly, I think there are plenty of blessings in all of this. His ways are not our ways … are they?! As I’m writing this, it’s Easter Sunday. We had our “Zoom” service this morning. We certainly miss our church family but God’s Word is just as powerful and He is just as present with us. Perhaps we will focus even more on Him today.