About four years ago, I learned this very important lesson. I had moved home from Snow College for Spring semester with plans to get married. All in one week, my grandpa passed away, my boyfriend broke up with me instead of proposing, and school was absolutely miserable. One day, as if to top it all off, I got a flat tire.
I pulled over to the side of the road and called my dad. While he was on his way to help me, I sat on the curb and stared at that tire. I realized I had two choices. Either I could sit on that curb and cry, or I could laugh at the irony of it all. As I started to laugh the words to the hymn, Count Your Blessings, came to mind.
When upon life's billows you are tempest-tossed,
when you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
count your many blessings, name them one by one,
and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
I thought, "I can't possibly think of any blessings right now, this has been the worst week ever." But slowly, things came to mind. I was definitely blessed to be home with my family in such a trying time. I was definitely blessed to have a car and to have such minimal problems as a flat tire.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does your cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly
and you will be singing as the days go by.
As I thought of this song and thought of more blessings, my attitude changed. Then, verse four is the one that hit me the most:
So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
do not be discouraged, God is over all.
Count your many blessings, angels will attend.
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.
I am here to tell you today that when you are grateful, there are angels at your side comforting you and helping you. Don't get discouraged, God is watching out for you. He knows you, He loves you. Ever since that day, I've done my best to continuously be grateful in spite of whatever challenges may come my way.
Today, I am grateful for an opportunity to focus on gratitude. I'm grateful that I get to spend time with my family. I'm grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves and knows me personally. And I'm grateful for wonderful friends, blog friends included. You all truly bless my life, and I am grateful for you.