“Are you ready for your blessings?” — the lyrics of a song on repeat. But this was more than just a catchy tune — it was a message that made me realize the totality of the impact and posture of when we receive a blessing.
After coming out of a season where it felt like one stress after another, I’ve now entered into a season of lightness and blessings beyond what I could have ever comprehended. I understood my life was changing, but it didn’t fully hit me until I saw that I would not have received these blessings well or fully appreciated them in any earlier season of my life.
This led me to the thought that as great and wonderful as each blessing may be, each blessing we receive carries a degree of responsibility.
Our work is one of the main areas where we see this play out. How many times do we stop and ask ourselves if we are truly ready for a promotion or new assignment? Many of these times, we are fully confident in our ability to receive something new, but give little thought to how we will steward that blessing well — and many of the times we just focus on the instant gratification of need “x” finally being met.
We need to remember that real “blessing” doesn’t happen on our terms: not in the timing of the blessing or even in what the blessing is.
As difficult as it may be to walk into what seems like a “blessing drought,” we need to realize that these are key moments for us to lean on God and rely on Him, and only Him, to sustain us. But more importantly, we need to be reminded that our blessings are not just found in the good times but in our sufferings as well (James 1:12).
As imperfect humans, we have limited perception to judge the best timing for each of our blessings – and frankly, I am thankful that I don’t have that responsibility. However, I do believe that within those sacred and fragile times of unknown, the Lord is preparing our hearts for something beyond our hopes and desires. It may not be what we want – but it’s absolutely what we need. David reminds us of this in Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”
So in your work today, instead of questioning why your blessings aren’t showing up, rely on God to open your heart and sustain you and prepare you for what He has for you. For then, you may be truly ready for the blessings God has for you and find that they are happening all around you right now, no matter what season you are in.
Your work matters,
Marketing Manager, Workmatters