Mercies in Disguse

I awakened in tears this a.m. following a depressing dream, one in which all of my failures as a human being had been paraded through my unconscious mind–lies I’d told, slights I’d committed, body weight I’d failed to control, insults I’d allowed to fester in my brain… I knew it was going to be a bad day!  Instead of rising to face a new morning, I wanted to curl up into a fetal position and suck my thumb for the next 10 or 12 hours.  But alas, I wiped away my tears, crawled out of my nest and dragged myself into the bathroom.  And so my day officially began.  After testing my glucose level, I quickly realized my depressed mood was partly the result of an extremely low blood sugar with which the ever-present Enemy took advantage.

A balanced breakfast corrected the first half of my problem.  I knew the rest would be resolved by spending time reading God’s Word (the Message paraphrase).  When I opened my Bible to James 1, I immediately sensed the Holy Spirit snuggling up beside me and pointing to the first verse.  “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.” 

Wow!  How appropriate, I thought.  I continued reading, “You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.  So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.  Let it work in you so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”  And then came the kicker:  If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father.  He loves to help…Ask boldly, believing, without a second thought.”

No second thoughts! I can do that.  I wouldn’t spend the day mulling that dream.  I would turn it over to God to do with as He wishes.  I will ask Him to help me see my pre-dawn dream as a sheer gift.  Then I recalled contemporary Christian artist, Laurie Story’s song “Blessings.”  “What if your blessings come through raindrops, your trials of this life are mercies in disguise?”

As one wise grandma said, “If your mountains are all smooth, you wouldn’t be able to climb them.”  Help me, Lord, to see my mountains in life as well as those of my own making as blessings to challenge me and help me grow.  Teach me to give thanks for Your mercies in disguise.

 

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One Response to Mercies in Disguse

  1. Barbara Bolton says:

    Just wanted to thank you for sharing! I am truly amazed and awed when God speaks to my heart through the thoughts of friends. It seems as though the times I’m feeling the weakest, I find that the postings of my friends and family on Facebook (or blogs) are just what I need to hear. He speaks to me SO clearly, it’s as though He’s saying, “Take heart – I have this covered!” And I am left with a MUCH lighter load! Thanks for being His voice for me today!

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