Blessings Poured Out from Heaven

I was traipsing up the mountain through a cane field in Kenya because its owner wanted me to see the vastness of sugar cane field. On most days, this would have been a welcomed endeavor, but it was the end of the rainy season in Africa, and with each step I seeped deeper and deeper into the mud. Trying my best to keep the bottom of my skirt from getting muddy, I followed his lead. I guess our guide must have realized that I was a little put out that my shoes that were once white were now stained with mud from top to bottom. He looked at me and said, “For a Kenyan, the mud is a sign of a blessing. It tells us that God will bless us tomorrow with a bountiful crop.

Ok, now I felt like a heel. I was supposed to be encouraging him, and here he was not only putting me in my place but teaching me a great lesson.

Today was the Back to School Bash in our community which means slip and slides, inflatables, gaming stations, face painting and more! We were all in motion when the rains began to fall. After trying vigorously to keep our booth dry, we finally gave up and decided to leave early. As I jogged across the field to my car drenching wet, I was reminded of this man’s statement.

How many of life’s “inconveniences” does God use to bring blessings in disguise? Yes, in our mind, the Back to School Back might have had a better turn out if the weather had been dry, but what if God designed it that way for a reason. What if conversations happened because there were fewer people that wouldn’t have otherwise? I don’t know and maybe I’m overspiritualizing this, but I wonder how many times I miss God’s blessings because I am too frustrated at being inconvenienced.

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Tears to Joy: Blessings Poured Out from Heaven

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Blessings Poured Out from Heaven

I was traipsing up the mountain through a cane field in Kenya because its owner wanted me to see the vastness of sugar cane field. On most days, this would have been a welcomed endeavor, but it was the end of the rainy season in Africa, and with each step I seeped deeper and deeper into the mud. Trying my best to keep the bottom of my skirt from getting muddy, I followed his lead. I guess our guide must have realized that I was a little put out that my shoes that were once white were now stained with mud from top to bottom. He looked at me and said, “For a Kenyan, the mud is a sign of a blessing. It tells us that God will bless us tomorrow with a bountiful crop.

Ok, now I felt like a heel. I was supposed to be encouraging him, and here he was not only putting me in my place but teaching me a great lesson.

Today was the Back to School Bash in our community which means slip and slides, inflatables, gaming stations, face painting and more! We were all in motion when the rains began to fall. After trying vigorously to keep our booth dry, we finally gave up and decided to leave early. As I jogged across the field to my car drenching wet, I was reminded of this man’s statement.

How many of life’s “inconveniences” does God use to bring blessings in disguise? Yes, in our mind, the Back to School Back might have had a better turn out if the weather had been dry, but what if God designed it that way for a reason. What if conversations happened because there were fewer people that wouldn’t have otherwise? I don’t know and maybe I’m overspiritualizing this, but I wonder how many times I miss God’s blessings because I am too frustrated at being inconvenienced.

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At August 8, 2012 at 9:58 PM , Blogger Melody said...

Yeah, I understand this well and recently was extremely disappointed in a turn out at an event when at the end of the night I realized God used it for a different purpose than I anticipated. The few that were there ended up having a very personal conversation that would have never happened otherwise. I saw God all in it but not at first. I wish I could just trust even when I don't "see" you know what I mean?

 

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