Carol Round on Tracing Our Blessings Backward

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,  just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love”—Ephesians 1:3-4 (NRSV)

Sometimes we get hung up on our past mistakes. Our regrets. Our poor choices. We soon forget the blessings God has bestowed on us. Why is it easier to focus on the negative, forgetting what He has done for us in the past?

Aren’t we encouraged not to dwell on the past? It’s like reading the same chapter in a book repeatedly, expecting the ending to change. Focusing on the past can be the biggest roadblock to moving forward. But what if we focused on our past blessings instead?

A friend’s recent quote on social media led to reflection. She wrote: “Tracing our blessings backward shows us the ‘pattern’ of God’s involvement in our lives. It allows us to see that the very obstacles we face today could be the things that set us up for His blessings tomorrow. So, if a prayer of yours hasn’t been answered yet, hold on! The answer could very well be in progress in ways you’d least suspect.”

Blessed by Unanswered Prayers

Prayers often go unanswered. Even after praying the same prayer day after day, month after month, year after year, we wonder why God doesn’t answer.

We pray for family members to be healed. Prodigals lose their way, and we pray for a safe return. We pray for loved ones to surrender to Jesus. After losing a job, we pray for God to open another door. Even then, our prayers often go unanswered. We plead, “Where are you, God?”

But what if unanswered prayers are blessings in disguise? I like this anonymous quote: “Don’t think of the things you didn’t get after praying. Think of the countless blessings God gave you without asking.”

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SOURCE: Assist News