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Blessings in Disguise

Here I am. Three more days and I will officially be a high school graduate. It is a little odd not having homework (especially considering I am used to a private school homework load). I feel as though I’m being unproductive and I am not yet sure how to manage my time in such a different schedule (I need a job). In time, I will work out what I need to do to make the most of every minute; right now, I am deep in thought. As I sit here reflecting on my eighteen years of life, I am realizing the overabundance of blessings God has given to me. There are the obvious ones, -For example, I almost didn’t go to Cascade Christian School because of finances, but God provided and here I am thirteen years later, graduating from Cascade. Then there are the blessings that I fail to see everyday. Some of them have been right in front of me and I have been blind to them, such as my amazing family and all the things around me I take for granted. Others, are blessings in disguise. They lurk in situations that I usually would call the opposite of a blessing. Why do we, as humans, have to consider something “good” or “beneficial to us” in order to consider it a blessing from God? Our view of what is “good” is different from his. He looks at everything from a perfect perspective, while we are bound by our finite minds. Every person has a different opinion of what makes something “good”, but God’s opinion is the only one that matters. I have been in circumstances that have been painful and, in the midst of those hard times, I would not have considered them a blessing.  But looking back on the bigger picture, I see that there was a purpose for such times.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perserverance. Perserverence must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)

We should classify difficult situations as a blessing. Consider them pure joy! Our hardships give us the opportunities to gain wisdom and grow closer to God. What an incredible gift he has given us: the chance to be closer to him! We must take full advantage of the opportunities to learn and grow in trials.

God lets us choose whether we learn from, or back away from moments of difficulty. What if he controlled our every move, made us obey him, and forced us to learn more about him? There would be no love in such a relationship. He gives us the choice to grow in him because he loves us.

“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him.” (Philippians 1:29)

 We are given opportunities to learn from our mistakes and trials, not obligations. God, in his loving nature, wants us to choose to draw near to him, but will never force us to do so.

“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” I have grown up hearing this, but never thought too deeply into it. Stop and think about it. Every day is a blessing from God. Even if the events in a day are not frosting on a cupcake, the day itself is still good because God has everything under control. Whether we find joy, sorrow, or pain in it, it is a part of his perfect plan. Each day adds up to make his good, pleasing, and perfect will come to pass.

God gives us blessings all over the place. Noticing them requires us to open our eyes and look. Sometimes they can be hidden in the funniest places. Last year, I played Sardines with about five other people at my friend’s birthday party. Sardines is a game where one person hides and the rest of the people have to try to find that person. If someone finds him/her, that person stays in that hiding spot also. This continues until the last person finds everybody else. We played outside, in the dark, in a woodsy area. Our only light came from the dim light of our phones and one flashlight. When it came my turn to hide, I strategically led the others astray by asking them if we were allowed to hide on the sides of the house. Then they started counting and I ran off into the dark- in the woods behind the house. I waited there for what seemed like an eternity! I gave them hints by shining the super-bright flashlight into the woods. They mistakenly went towards the light instead of towards the source of the light. Thirty minutes later, two of them finally found me. Then the three of us waited for the rest of those in search, who came shortly after. Sometimes we can be misdirected when looking for a blessing and we go towards the light instead of towards the source of the light. We look for answers in what we can see, when in reality, they lie with God. Some blessings take perserverance and patience to find. We can’t always see what they are while in the midst of a trial,  but we can be assured that they are there.

As I head off to college this fall, I will encounter new people, strange environments, completely different work loads, weird situations, and lots of stress. I have the choice to sink under the weight or learn from it all. Trials of many kinds lie ahead of me. What a blessing!

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