Airplanes, Hot Walks, and Blessings

This week’s blog was written by a guest author, my brother James.  I hope it blesses you just as much as it blessed me.

When an airplane flies overhead, there is often a young child who looks up in wonder and is amazed that something of that size and weight can fly. However, when that child grows up and learns about planes, how they fly, and sees them more and more often, there is less wonder and amazement when there is a roar above them in the sky.

Image result for airplane image cartoonI’ve found that this same principle, or something similar, is very true in my life and I’m very willing to guess that it’s the same in your life when it comes to blessings coming from God.

For example, imagine you’re walking down a black asphalt road without any shade. It’s so hot that you can see the heat shimmering above the road and you have to wipe your brow often to keep the sweat from running into your eyes. All of sudden a big truck goes rumbling along and you get refreshed with a cool breeze following the vehicle. Immediately you or I will say, if we’re in a semi-positive mood, “Ahhh!! That feels good!” And think nothing more of it. However, someone created the air to move like that and to be refreshing. It’s easy to take little blessings like cool air, tasteful food, colorful sceneries, or even something as simple as hot water for granted.

The truth is that everything operates, looks, or even feels the way it does because God designed it that way, even though it’s easy to take credit sometimes and not look further when it comes to things we design. When an artist paints a masterpiece, we can praise and look at the talent in the person, but overlook the colors God created and skills he put in the person.

The point is that I want to be more and more like the young child looking up in amazement at the airplane and other wonders. I want to be more and more awestruck by God and give him glory and recognition. After all, Psalms 1:19 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork,” so God’s amazing beauty is everywhere!

I believe that there are three general types of created blessings. The first category shows the glory of God, which is everywhere!! You can’t get away from it! I can see His beauty whenever I look at the stars or beautiful creation and feel some of the satisfaction that God had when He finished creation and, “Saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” In addition to all creation showing God’s glory, the second group has a purpose, like the sun *and* which gives light and life, but is similar to the first, beautiful. The last type of creation is the one I’m maybe the most grateful, and it is a blessing and gift. These blessings come in forms like warm water to shower in, colors, cool breezes, friendly pets, warm beds, and the endless list of comforts that God created for us to enjoy, which are sometimes so easy to take for granted.

While I think it might be awkward to spend your whole day pointing out God’s blessings, I don’t think it’s bad to recognize them and give thanks. James 1:17 says, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down from God our Father, who created the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” And Jesus talks about in Matthew 7:9-11 how our Heavenly Father knows how to give good gifts.

My challenge or application I put before you is to look at the simple blessings we take for granted, and realize that the only reason they work like that is because God created it like that, and He did it to give joy to you and me, His children. After all, He is our Heavenly Father, and as our father He loves to bless us.

So look around! You’ll be surprised by the number of ways God shows His love to you, just because HE LOVES YOU!

5 thoughts on “Airplanes, Hot Walks, and Blessings

  1. Wow, I think God must be trying tell me something. I was thinking along these lines just this morning! Thanks for sharing, James. 🙂 Challenge accepted.


  2. JT – Great thoughts and challenge. Loved the reminder that ALL good things come from our incredible loving Dad – the Father.

  3. James-
    You inspire me to intensify my awareness of everything that surrounds me and to live in the moment, enjoying endless little miracles. It is rich to live in the Kingdom now!


  4. How timely! While you were writing this, I was outside enjoying some January sunshine while pruning the blueberries. I felt so rich and blessed. 🙂 Mom

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