Sometimes water is let go from a nearby lake and the water level drops. When that happens, the most noticeable thing is there are fewer birds on the water and rocks lay exposed. At first glance the water looks shallow and scummy and the banks muddy and messy. As if the water was the blessing and it had been taken away.
Do you feel like some of the blessings you enjoy have been removed? For a time during Covid, many of us are missing comforts we had before.
When we have the blessing of good friends and family close around us, meeting together, celebrating together, we revel in it. We immerse ourselves in God’s blessing of good times when we have them. And so often, take them for granted. It seems to lose even a little of it would not be a good thing. Like the water level dropping in the lake. This was my brief conclusion.
Where the trail comes near the water’s edge, I stepped off to have a closer look. From there I could see things… the ducks and geese had gathered in this inlet to feast on algae that had grown on the underwater rocks, now exposed because of the lowered water level. What a blessing they were enjoying!
Many bottles and cans that had stuck in the muddy bottom were also now exposed, and a couple of kids had made their way down to the rocky edge to pull them out. So, this “clean up” effort was made possible by the lowered water level.
If these benefits were occurring when water was withdrawn from the lake, could there be benefits in our lives when we feel blessings have been withheld for a time?
Would our examined lives reveal hidden blessings we take for granted, or that we usually don’t even notice?
If we take the time to look, the answer is probably yes.
Like the algae covered rocks, can we feast on the growth of our faith in God that has grown in the depth of His blessings but is not fully exposed until the level drops? Yes.
Trusting God in the good times is building our faith and strengthening it so that when challenges arise, our faith can handle them. It’s encouraging to learn that the trust we have in the steadfastness and faithfulness of God in the good times will carry us through the harder times.
Have we allowed things into our lives under the covering of God’s blessing, that we need to remove when we see their trashy presence in full view. Undoubtedly, yes.
Ecclesiastes says, “There is a time to every purpose under heaven.” And if you are feeling like God’s blessing has been somewhat withdrawn in your life, don’t be discouraged. You have a wonderful opportunity for discovery, feasting and clean up before you.
Take a moment of quiet, and ask God to reveal a new blessing to you in the here and now.
Ask Him to reveal any attitude, behavior or relationship adjustment that needs to be “cleaned up.”
Appreciate that there is blessing in even this time.
And before long, the depths will return.