The Miracles and Blessings We Overlook
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The Miracles and Blessings We Overlook
By Dan Blankenship
© 2007 Dan Blankenship
Did you know that one part of your body has the ability to circle the earth twice? Yes, you read the words correctly. The human body’s cardiovascular system contains enough arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venules, and veins that if they were laid out end-to-end, they would extend 60,000 miles. (1)
Are you aware that a 40 year old male who began working at age 14 (assuming his employers paid him on a weekly basis) will have received 1,352 paychecks? Have you ever thought about the fact that the average human takes more than 21,000 breaths a day? This means that a ten year old child has already taken more than 76 million breaths in his short life.
So why am I pointing out these amazing facts? Because I believe many of God’s people shouting out for miracles and blessings are ignoring the everyday miracles and blessings already in their lives. I pray for safety as I travel abroad, yet I sometimes forget to give God the thanks for keeping me safe as I passed through more than 30,000 highway intersections since receiving my driver’s license. I pray for God to keep me healthy without remembering to praise him for the 14,600 days he already has.
Today, I pray that I remember all the blessings and miracles come from a loving God who has generously poured out his kindness upon me. Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to eat 43,800 meals without having a chicken bone end my life prematurely. Also, thank you, Lord, for finding me a wife to always remind me that I am not perfect. Thanks for providing me with children who help to keep me from becoming obsessed with wealth. And thanks for giving me a sense of humor to deal with some of the tough lesson plans you’ve assigned me.
“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.” Psalm 84:4 (NIV).
When we are focused on God, his miracles and blessings are easy to see. But if we focus on the miracles and blessings themselves, we lose sight of the fact that we are dwelling in a house built out of miracles and blessings by a Creator capable of anything and everything. We just don’t always get to choose which anything God will perform.
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8 (NIV).
We don’t always understand why God does what he does when he does it. And we may not always get our miracles and blessing when and how we want them. But only the spiritually blind could deny there are miracles and blessings all around us, all the time.
(1) Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. Heart Information Center. [cited 21 March 2007] Available from: http://texasheart.org/HIC/Anatomy/index.cfm
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And the truth of the matter is, you've barely scratched the surface here. God is good... beyond what we can even begin to fathom. I'm so glad He's my Father!
Dan, this is really a very great article. I am going to email you about it. Thanks for sharing.
Dan - This is great! Both informative and funny! And you are right - God's miracles are around us everyday, all the time. Ain't God good? Thank you for your comment on my poem. I appreciate all the little yellow boxes I can get! ***smile*** In Christ's Love, Julia