Daily Devotional January 17, 2023

Saturday was a great day.  I worked on the sermon, moved hay for the cows, performed Johnny and Mary Jacq’s wedding, and attended Gary’s retirement party.  It was a great day.  Then life took an unexpected turn.

Shannon, who is much more observant than I am, noticed a large puddle next to our drive.  Sure enough, we had a broken water line.  This made for an eventful Saturday night, out in the dark, soaked, and cold. 

My biggest concern was not repairing the line but figuring out where the leak had occurred because our house is just shy of a quarter mile from our front gate.  That’s a lot of water line to check.  Anyone who has dealt with broken lines knows where the water comes to the surface doesn’t mean that’s the location of the leak.

This led to a weekend of extreme water conservation in the Robbins’ home.  Whenever we needed water, I would drive down to the road, turn on the water meter, and then once we had enough water, I would shut it off.  

Yesterday afternoon, the plumbers were able to locate the leak and repair it.  I was incredibly grateful for running water.  This got me thinking.

I never thought to be thankful for running water until I didn’t have it and life became inconvenient.  I took it for granted.  But then, I take a lot of things for granted.

Too often I take for granted Shannon’s love, that our children and grandchildren are safe, having a job where I (hopefully) make a difference, food on the table, transportation, health, and most importantly, God’s blessings.  

It’s not that I’m not grateful, I am.  It’s that I forget to count my blessings.

Did you know you are blessed?  It may not seem like it as you rush from getting the kids ready for school, then to the office, and after work, the grocery store, kids soccer practice and at the end of the day, you fall in bed exhausted.  It’s hard to see blessings when you are running ninety miles an hour all day long.

But this morning, take a moment to count your blessings and give God thanks.  This small but important spiritual exercise that will put everything in the right perspective.

Psalm 103 reminds us of God’s infinite blessings in our lives.  It begins by saying, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefit.”  (Psalm 103:1-2)

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, open my eyes so I may see how much you have blessed me. Please use me to be a blessing to others.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

This morning, I turned on the water faucet to make coffee.  I didn’t take it for granted.  God is good!

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins

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