What Are You Taking for Granted?

When was the last time you thanked God for the beauty of His creation? Or how about the glorious sounds of music? Perhaps you do this often. But how often do we think to thank God for our senses? You could argue that it is our sense of sight that we use to appreciate creation and our sense of hearing to listen to music.

But I have learned that it deepens my relationship with the Lord when I pause to truly consider the way he’s made me. Yes, I can see the beauty that God has placed around me, but my eyes can also see the smile on my granddaughter’s face. And my sight can help me spot dangerous situations so I can avoid them.

Our hearing is also more than the ability to listen to the birds sing, or to hear our favorite song. We can hear our child crying in the night, or the sound of a warning to avoid something that could harm us.

As I have grown older, I’ve learned to appreciate so many things I took for granted earlier in my life. When I struggled to walk because of a hip injury and surgery gave me back the ability to walk without pain I was so grateful! That has been almost 7 years ago and I still find myself thanking God when I take a walk and feel no pain in my hip.

There are many other examples of ways God has reminded me of the blessings I have in just being able to move and use my senses every day. Things I could take for granted if I let the distractions of life redirect my focus.

My challenge to you today is that you would stop and ponder the ways God has been blessing you through the way your body works. The way He created you is so amazing! Take a few minutes to thank Him and then ask Him to remind you to do so… often.

“I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14 (NASB)