How are you at receiving … gifts, compliments, criticism, assistance, forgiveness, blessings, love? Sometimes it so hard for me. I’d much rather give. My mom is having lots of trouble receiving help. I totally get it, I feel like our family has been on the receiving end far too long. It’s a blessing, but it’s humbling.

When it’s coming straight from God, I have an easier time. His gifts are always good, right? But what about things that are hard to fit into the blessing category?…unpleasant things, unwanted things, unhappy things? Are they not gifts also? Does God not use these? And send them too?

But Job replied to his wife, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. Job 2:10

Sometimes my perception is off, as surely as God says, My ways are not your ways. It is for Him to decide what crosses my path and for me, to accept it from His hand… trusting that nothing is going to touch me that has not first been carefully sifted through His fingers.

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3 

Think of the layers circumstances go through before getting to us. God is never unjust or cruel in allowing difficult circumstances near. I am hidden even as He uses the unusual in my life. His creativity knows no bounds!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

So I gladly will receive the good… and wade through the seeming bad, expectantly hoping to see just what He will bring. Curiously waiting for what He will do. Remembering what He has already done.

ForGlorySake! -Anna

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