The song is actually titled “When Upon Life’s Billows,” but you probably know it by the common name of “Count Your Blessings.” The song is a simple encouragement to count the good things in your life when everything feels like a difficult sea of emotions. When pain and struggle hits someone it is a good time to think about all the blessings you have received to counter our negative thoughts. Counting blessings is always good advice.
Recently while driving down the road the Service Engine Soon light came on in my vehicle. My old Pathfinder has just shy of 180,000 miles and it still runs well. In fact, this is the first time the service engine light has ever come on for me. I can’t really tell you why it keeps running. You could say that it was well-built or well maintained. You might even say that I am lucky. What if it was just a simple blessing from God?
There are so many things in my life I have come to take for granted. Lately I have been thinking of them as “uncounted blessings.” The way I see it, God has given me all of these daily blessings that I often overlook because they seem so ordinary. Maybe there is some simple logical explanation of why these things happen but maybe it goes just a little beyond logic into the realm of the supernatural. Maybe God stands behind all of these daily blessings.
So today I am trying to me more thankful for all God has given me. To open my eyes to the thousands of blessings I have in my life. It might be a vehicle that keeps running. It might be a refrigerator full of food. It might be a TV that allows me to watch the game. It might be that I found a good deal on that item and then it exceeded my expectations. It might be a friend who just happened to stop by for a visit. It might be a day off when many people are working. I could go on and on and on.
Your life may be full of a thousand little blessings that you have never noticed before. How would your perspective on life be different if you took the time to count the blessings you usually take for granted?