“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV
I had a Sunday School teacher when I was a teenager who would respond “I am blessed” to anyone asking her how she was. I can remember at the time thinking when she was facing a difficulty in her life that she would not likely feel blessed now. However, even during her hardship Sunday after Sunday she continued to declare that she was blessed.
Looking back at her now I truly believe her. She was blessed and is blessed. She was not assessing being blessed in earthly terms, she understood that life was more than the few short days we spend on this earth. She understood that true blessing was not diminished because of trials or temptations. True blessing was directly connected to Who we knew and less about what we had.
When I look back at her life, I realize she was happy, content and probably one of the most joyful people I knew up to that point in my life. She wasn’t faking it. She simply understood something missed by most of us. She was blessed and because of it she lived as one who was. The overflow of that in her life was that she appreciated and was grateful for the little things. She had an amazing ability to enjoy beauty, and her general surroundings. Her life as a believer said, “ What is there to complain about when I am so blessed.”
If the microscope was placed over my heart I know in many areas I would be found with more than a few hidden things to complain about. Yet, I am realizing that we can all find those things if we choose to look for them, but we can also find beauty in all of our moments if we live as men and women who are truly blessed.
Do you see how blessed you are today?
Can you declare like this teacher of mine, “Regardless, of what this day brings, I am blessed” and mean it?
I believe once we shift living out of a temporal perspective and begin to identify with the riches we have in Christ, we can declare nothing less.
Today I am grateful for a Sunday School teacher who was an example to a young heart being formed that Jesus was enough and because of Him I could know a life of true blessing. I am thankful that her testimony did not change when hard times came, but she kept her heart planted in truth, it is still affecting me all these years later.