Pastor's Pen for September
Don’t Wait Till it’s Gone
As I write this I am waiting for a call from the Doctor in Halifax to try to repair the detached retina in my right eye. Last evening I was sitting quietly as instructed in the living room with some of the family and as I looked at them I could only see the lower half of their faces with my right eye. I’m not looking for pity or sympathy… I’m certainly thankful that we have excellent Doctors that can detect and correct many of the things that a few years ago would have caused me to be totally blind. I can still see perfectly with my left eye. In the last year with the cataract surgery last spring and the injury with the bungee cord last summer and now this retinal detachment I have thought much about the blessing of vision that God has given me to see His wonderful works and read His wonderful Word, which are a testimony to His wonderful power.
So many times… way too many… we take the simplest of God’s blessing for granted. Do you thank God for being able to breathe His air or do you take it for granted that it will always be available to you and you’ll be able to breathe it? What about the abundance of what is on your table at mealtime and being able to taste and eat and get strength from it? How about the ability to walk, or think, or communicate? These are all things that we take for granted that some of the people we know have lost these last few years. And these are only the physical blessings of the grace of God.
We also take for granted the grace of God’s salvation. It is still available for us and our families and friends, but it won’t always be. Do you witness to them? Are you sure of their salvation?
Do you thank God for answered prayer? He doesn’t have to answer, you know. He does out of His grace, but don’t assume that He will always hear. There were many times in the Bible when God would not listen to Israel’s cries because they wouldn’t listen to Him.
Please! Don’t take even the smallest of God’s wonderful blessings for granted or He may remove your ability to appreciate them.