Catch Them

I love the image in scripture from Ezekiel 34: 25-27 of the “showers of blessing.” The Lord promises this:

 I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land.

I love thinking of God sending showers of blessing that help us feel secure. It reminds me of God’s good gifts coming down to us like it says in James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.

As I picture God’s showers of blessings, I always think of me standing there with gold confetti dropping from the sky all around. What occurred to me today, however, is how those blessings drop untouched to the ground unless I catch them. How many blessings are God pouring down on us this very minute that we ignore or close our hands to because we don’t recognize them as good gifts? As I’m thinking this, five blue jays land in the bush beside me. They bring a confetti of color against a grey, snowy sky. I stood there, marveling at them. Showers of blessing.

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