Years ago, I worked with a man who was an avid hunter. During one of his hunting trips, he climbed a tree, tied himself to the trunk, and kept watch. After several hours, his eyes grew heavy and he fell asleep. When he woke, he looked down to discover a plethora of hoof prints circling the base of the tree. I imagine a herd of deer, walking up, seeing a large snoring hunter, and in response having a dance party while he slept.
Which makes me wonder how often in life I’ve grown weary, closed my eyes, and failed to notice how God was working. James tells us every good thing given and every perfect gift is from our Heavenly Father (James 1:17). God’s blessings constantly flow from His throne, but so few pay attention.
I want to do better. I’m finding the more I notice God’s blessings, the more I see God’s blessings, and the more I notice and see and the more grateful I am. And the more grateful I am, the more I notice, which leads to more noticing, seeing, and gratefulness.
I can even take my hunter friend’s misadventure on another fun twist. Our Heavenly Father is greater than any enemy and Satan is a defeated foe. So, we can be like the deer having a dance party because the devil is bound and conquered.
Even through the difficulties of life, God’s goodness and blessings keep on flowing. Pray for eyes to see and notice the blessings of God, and get ready to dance.
“Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change” (James 1:17, TPT).
“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11, NLT).
“May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you! May those who love to experience your deliverance say continually, ‘May the Lord be praised!’” (Psalm 40:16, NET Bible).
“Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre” (Psalm 149:3, NASB).
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4, NASB).
Watch video on YouTube… https://youtu.be/K73iN67wNE4