“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.’”Isaiah 55:8-9
Have you ever wished someone a blessed day? You were hoping their day would be happy, right? When we think of being blessed, we usually have something positive in mind. But the teaching of blessedness from Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount sounds different. His description of “blessed” turns our expectations upside down.
As our special needs daughter has become an adult, there are times I’ve felt life to be more burden than blessing. Sometimes the way others respond to her presence in our home confirms this. I’ve asked God, “Where is the blessing in this?” He faithfully reminds me that as I hunger for Him, I am filled with His mighty presence. Though at times I feel overwhelmed and weary, I am blessed when I focus on Him and His daily provision.
Often there is blessing as we are poor in spirit, mourning, hungering, and facing persecution. Blessings and burdens can be blurred when we look only from our perspective. God opens our eyes to look through the lens of faith and find that our burdens may truly be His blessings.
“What if the trials of this life/ the rain, the storms, the hardest nights/ Are your mercies in disguise?” (Laura Story, 2011)