I didn’t want to walk. It was very cold, and starting to snow. But in an effort to be consistent with exercise for my body and spirit, I headed out. I doubted that God would show me anything this blustery day. The wildlife was in hiding, and the low cloud cover gave a dreary monotonous look to the landscape. Soon, I had to raise my coat collar and pull down my hat to keep the icy snowflakes from getting into my eyes and down my neck.
The flakes grew in size and density until I could hardly see where I was going. As the snow moved in, the wind died down. The whole sky was gray with large spots of whiteness drifting down. I kept my head down and squinted my eyes to keep my feet on the path before me.
The cold air made my nose stuffy and I began breathing through my mouth. Walking on, I realized how dry my throat was getting and became very thirsty. On a warmer day, I would have my water bottle at my side. But not today. Complaining out loud about the cold and dreariness of the day and about being thirsty, I trudged on.
Why had I walked today? If God wanted to speak to me, did I have to be so cold and thirsty to hear His message?
It was then I perceived a voice saying, “Look up!”
When I did, a huge snowflake hit me on the lips. Startled, I flinched my head back down to avoid a face full of cold, wet snow.
But in licking my lips and tasting the moisture, I realized this was God’s provision for me! I had heard of “showers of blessing”, but this? I looked up again, and opening my mouth, made a game of “catching” these blessings coming from Heaven. My thirst was quenched.
What a wonderful lesson!
It wasn’t the birds or the plants or the lake. Today the lesson was me – and how God meets my needs! Provision was all around but focused on my uncomfortable circumstances, I didn’t see it.
How often do we grumble and whine about our needs, when God’s provision is showering all around us? We need to:
- Look Up: take our focus off the problem and put it on God!
- Open our mouth: in praise to receive His blessing
Are you so focused on your problem you can’t see anything else? Look to God.
Are you using your mouth to moan and complain? Use it to praise Him
Are you standing under a ledge of bitterness or rebellion, preventing God’s blessings from falling on you? Step out from under that canopy to catch God’s provision.
Whatever the weather –
Look up –
Open your mouth in praise –
Receive His blessing.