I discovered today that a broken foot has one odd benefit. I can wear socks out of the box under my bed. It’s a box full of socks with no match, but they are ones I really like so I keep holding out hope the match will miraculously appear. So far no luck. (and truly I believe this is misplaced hope – it’s been years)
Today I pulled out my favorite sock and smiled at this whole box of fun socks I haven’t worn in forever. But now I get to!
Other than the socks I’m hard-pressed to think of a benefit to this silly broken foot.
The first night I was trying to fall asleep with my cast on and pity partying with the best of them. I pouted for a bit, but I realized I needed to pull myself together. So I started to count my blessings…
I broke my left not my right foot so I can drive – although my oldest daughter just got her learners permit so I don’t really get to drive anymore…ever.
I didn’t break my hand so I can still work and do school.
I don’t have to have surgery.
I have great kids who help when I need it…granted I do need to holler most of the time, but I’m good at that!
And a Mama who shows up when I need her…THAT is sacrificial love to come to this nutty place!
And now, I’ve had the blessing of sweet friends who have been making me dinners for a week! And friends who have helped with my house. And friends who have picked up and delivered my children different places. And friends who call and check on me. I truly am blessed.
When I was young, my Mom and I sang a duet at church – Count Your Blessings.
“Count your blessings name them one by one and you’ll be surprised to see what God has done…”
Recently someone sent me those lyrics too! I love that song.
I think it’s a beautiful thing – because we absolutely see God’s love, provisions, and protection when we start paying attention.
Today in my Bible study I saw a slightly different use of the word count. I was reading Philippians 3 and I was so struck by these verses:
But whatever gain I had I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness form God that depends on faith – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Philippians 3:7-12
In some ways it is more a count the cost thing… not a count the blessings. But the cool thing is that in counting the cost Paul recognizes that the cost is nothing compared to Christ – the ultimate Blessing. Oh I love that!
I wish I lived like that! I wish I was more like Paul… more like Paul in things like this, not the thorn in the side (got that), not in the doing what I don’t want to do (yup got that) and not doing what I want to do (got that too). I want the “to live is Christ, to die is gain” thing. I want to live like a truly know, believe, get, want, have the understanding that everything fades in comparison to Christ.
I’m getting there. Gosh, I think sometimes I’m 10 steps back 8 steps forward 14 steps back 9 steps forward. I think the good thing is that I’m still moving forward – I believe that is wholly a God thing. God pursues me and loves me back again and again and again…and each time I’m even more grateful, even more in awe of Him.
There are things that I can count as blessings and there are things I can count as costs of following Christ. Some blessings are surprisingly good and some costs are significantly painful, but I know that Christ is worth it all. He always has been and always will be.