Tuesday, January 12, 2010

In Other Words--Astonishing Blessings

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God can pour on the blessings
in astonishing ways.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (MSG)

After a long stretch of unemployment, a job that is a perfect match is found.
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways.

The disappointments of infertility are diminished with a surprise pregnancy.
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways.

A wayward child chooses to return home and repent.
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways.

The long-prayed for friendship never materializes. Instead she learns to be content with the company of herself and her God.
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways.

The illness ended in an ultimate healing of going home to the Father, and not complete recovery. In sadness, his family embraces that peace.
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways.

Her heart remains broken. Her dreams remain shattered. She cannot see the path for the tears. But she holds onto the shred of belief that still exists in her life.
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways.

God can (and does) pour on the blessings in astonishing ways. But, often, the astonishing thing is that He considers it a blessing whilst we still see it as trial, hurt, or trauma. He pours out his blessing of himself in our life, even when things seem so harsh.

Although I do love the Message, I actually prefer this verse in The New Revised Standard Version:

"And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance..."

His ability to reach into the harshest times of my life and still give me abundance is what I cling to in those dark times. That knowledge alone is an astonishing blessing!

Where are you seeing blessings in your life? Maybe they are hiding in the trials. Look for the astonishing...He is faithful to deliver.

Deborah at Chocolate and Coffee is our hostess today. Please visit and be blessed.

7 comments:

Karen said...

"God can, God can, God can." We need to remember that there is no situation that God cannot bless. We just need to look for His blessings instead of trying to make them up ourselves in our own way.

Betsy Markman said...

Thank you for that realistic look at God's blessings...that they don't always come on rose-lined paths. But they do come!

Esthermay said...

God's plan for "astonishing" blessings doesn't always match our own, does it? We have to step out of our earthly/materialistic thinking and see spiritually!
His Blessings are EVERYWHERE if we look!

Sharlyn Guthrie said...

"Her heart remains broken. Her dreams remain shattered. She cannot see the path for the tears. But she holds onto the shred of belief that still exists in her life.
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways."
How realistic and true. Great post!

Tami Boesiger said...

Thanks for showing God is blessing even in things that don't turn out how we hoped. God has to be good always. It is His very nature.

Nic said...

Beautiful, beautiful and so true! What WONDERFUL examples!

I've missed you too hon and it feels good and right to be back blogging! There were just so many things going on that it didn't "feel" right to be blogging but now, even though things are more hectic than the last two years, it finally feels like the thing to do again. :-)

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