Some of the blessings
Genesis 1:7-31 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the water which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. so the evening and the morning were the second day. Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called the Seas. And God saw that it was good. The God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the her that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. . . . 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 2:7-10 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads.
I find I am frequently awed by this world. There is such beauty here. God created a wonderful earth for us to enjoy. Please don’t misunderstand. I know there is violence and cruelty; there is horrific poverty, malnutrition and hardships. There are all sorts of hardships, slavery, pain, torture of many kinds, and thus we have made it not perfect through our sin.
Yet still He created a wonderful land for us to enjoy and be awed by. Each day He blesses with some kind of beauty unless we are amongst those being filled with pain and torture of any kind–physical, mental, spiritual. I am one of the blessed that I am not tortured or in a lot of pain; another blessing I appreciate.
There are gorgeous and majestic mountains standing above lovely and verdant valleys, wonderful soil for farmers to grow their crops and feed their animals and have the life cycle continue. There are, stunning bodies of water full of fish, dolphins, whales, and all manner of seafood. The colors of the waters can be breath-taking from lovely aqua and teals to deep navy, and mysterious
photos courtesy of John Holden, cousin
Birds call out and sing their songs, while dogs may be barking in happy greeting or fierce warning. Cats are meowing, birds chirping and singing in joyous song. I get to enjoy the sounds of the ocean moving in repeated waves, sometimes angry and loud, sounding dangerous, other times, a simple and easy-going lap on and off shore, gentle back and forth. A cycle
There is SO much to be awed by in this fabulous world He gave us. I am so thankful for the blessings I see, hear, feel, taste, smell, and I can do nothing but repeat my thankfulness and gratefulness. My heart lifts and all I can do is fully praise Him.
Certainly many others are less blessed. And at the end of my praise and thanking, I try to pray for those less fortunate whether it be homeless, illness, persons living under cruelty, hopelessness, depression and so forth. There are many who suffer and have little in the way of hope. It sometimes feels as though one cannot give anything that can help, truly help. But we can. He has asked us to have a servant’s heart and we can serve. That does not mean we alone can change things, but we can help, even if we do not feel our little contribution can help with much.
But we tend to judge things by the big picture, and not making a splinter of a difference in the huge vastness of a problem. But each person who helps makes a difference and thankfully, God sees. We may not foster great social or environmental change, but we can help a few and it does make a difference. It makes a difference if you just point out one of God’s creative miracles–a bird, a fox, a hunting feline, a full moon, a rainbow, a… the list can go on and on.
I hope you consider sharing some of your blessings, whether it is financial, a little time, or just a kind word and a genuine smile, to help.
Thank You that I am in a position where I can be of service. Your blessings have certainly helped me and ‘mybellaviews.’