We took a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway a couple of weeks ago. The vibrant colors just popped off God’s canvas. Every day we can look around nature and be blessed by God’s creation. But, God wants to bless us personally. You might how do I get some of these blessings?
Jesus said, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” (Luke 11:28, NLT)
That’s a loaded statement. But, never fear God knew we’d need some very clear guidance on this one. So while giving the sermon on the mount He said,
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ (Matt 25: 34-40, NKJV)
As you know, Robby has been in a great deal of pain lately. Therefore, he has not felt well enough to go hunting. For those of you who don’t know, we are not in the habit of buying meat. We believe God had guided us to eat off the land as much as possible providing the healthiest choices of meat and produce for our family. We eat venison, wild hog, chicken from our yard, an occasional beaver if it gets hung up in a trap, and if we are desperate we’ve butchered a goat. We are running out of red meat. Well, we were until this week.
God sent a few angles our way in the form of hunters. We were blessed with two deer. Not only were we blessed. The hunters were blessed. They shot several deer on two different days. They had more than enough to put up themselves and knew we were in need. The best blessing this young man could get came in the form of a large 9 point buck. I do believe God had that beast walk right out in front of the young man so he could get his trophy. This is the first season this gentleman has shot any deer. The first day he shot more than one, he skinned his extra and put it in our cooler. Then today he shot another two. One for him and one for us. What a blessing for both families.
I was so overwhelmed by God’s goodness yesterday as I helped skin the second deer for our freezer in less than three days. God tells us He will provide our needs. “Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”(Matt 6:31-32, NKJV) Yes, He knows and He has provided. Christi shot her second deer this season last night. It normally takes 4-6 deer to feed our family throughout the year. We are more than half way there.
I believe God remembered all the times we helped others in their time of need, and rewarded us for taking care of His children during our times of abundance. Many years ago a wonderful Christian women told me that there are times for giving and times for taking. At that time in my life, I had little money for food. She blessed me and when I tried to repay her, all she asked was that when I had an abundance to “pay it forward” as the saying goes. I’ve never forgotten her generosity and when I’ve had extra I’ve given to those in need.
If you want God’s blessing in life, spend some time in His Word. Learn how to live like Christ. Exercise your faith in how you treat others. Don’t forget to accept the good deed others want to share with you; they are your blessings from God.