In spite of our rhetoric beforehand, my Thanksgiving dinner guests and I ended up in the mall and big box stores last Thursday. There were only two items that prompted me to venture out. The first I found easily and had no competition in picking exactly what I wanted. I am so pleased my shiny new trash can is doing its part to keep my kitchen tidy.
To get the second item at the fabulous sale price would have meant our staying in the store an extra two hours; and though I wanted a second TV for the house at the price of $98.00, I was not willing to stay there for two hours for a chance to buy a TV I may not have gotten near when brought out. Consequently we left, went to the nearest town, looked around, shopped very conservatively, got coffee, and headed home.
On the way back, my daughter remembered she needed to pick up a special detergent and decided to get it from one of the in-and-out retails. Finding each of nearby ones closed, we ended up at the same big box store we had gone to first. Off hand, I asked my grandson to go check out their TVs. To my great surprise, he came and informed they had the TV I had initially wanted on their truck. I ended up getting exactly what I'd wanted at the advertised price without standing in line or facing crowds. It was as if the TV had been set aside to await my coming to pick it up. As my grandson was setting it up, I could not help but add an extra layer of thanksgiving, not so much for the TV but for the lesson learned and the insight gained.
How many times have blessings been awaiting us to come and pick them up; but we, for whatever the reason, felt they were no longer attainable? We may have been too timid, doubtful, or afraid to seek them anew, believing time had long passed for them to still be available. My pastor reminded us on Sunday, “A blessing delayed does not have to mean a blessing denied.” So I ask, “What blessing have you considered unattainable and have not gone back to the heavenly Father to ask if it is still possible to attain? As for as you know, that blessing might still be “on the truck” of His goodness awaiting your return.
Affirmation: Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32