Too Much to Mention
Growing up as a child and into my adolescence, I had chores. One of those chores was to clean the house for my mother every Thursday. What a drag! I would do it to the best of my ability as a teenager, but I distinctly remember my mother coming home and asking what I had done in my cleaning efforts! I would always exclaim, “It’s too much to mention,” in hopes she would compensate me with a greater allowance. If we could bring ourselves to pause long enough to ponder all that God has done for us in his greatness, I think we would all come to the same conclusion- “It’s too much to mention!”
Psalm 40:5 says “Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” Right now some of you are thinking about God’s blessings in your life: The birth of your kids, your marriage, the job he provided, the time he healed you! All of these are great! We sometimes attribute just the ‘big ticket items’ to God, but He is on a daily, all-out mission to bless us. Think about the things we take for granted. The air we breathe, the sunshine, the pollen (that we hate) that germinates and causes more trees and plants to grow so that we have oxygen. The list goes on and on. God, in his infinite wisdom, thought about everything. The Psalmist reminds us to reflect on even more intimate details. This scripture tells us that the most inspirational things about God are his care, love, and his grace towards us. It is simple: God is madly in love with us!
James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord. Are you taking those blessings in or, in the busyness of the day, does your mind never reflect upon God’s goodness. The Hebrew term “Selah” means to pause and reflect. So take a Selah break and consider each blessing that has ever touched your life- family, friends, food, health, happiness, beauty of creation, encouragement, your church, and the list goes on and on. Pause long enough to celebrate his blessings, recognize them, spend time with them, and honor them. All of God’s blessings are a message of love.