Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
-1 Chronicles 17:16
This is a question I ask myself time and again. It helps to not only keep my life in perspective when compared to others on this earth, but it also helps keep my vision and praise trained on God.
Who Am I?
Truly, I am a wife and mother of two. That description alone makes me one of the most blessed people on earth. That my husband is The BHE and my children are healthy and bright just sweetens the deal.
I am a home-owner, gainfully employed, intelligent and educated, and driven to excel. What gifts those are!
My friends are many and easily contacted. My family is spread wide with experiences to share. My neighbors aren’t the friendliest but I do live in a relatively peaceful, non-violent town. Thinking about all the places I could have been born, all the places I could have ended up, and all the scary things in the world my friends and family have seen, I am exceedingly blessed to live where I choose and in an area safe to raise my family.
I am organized and thrifty, I am physically and mentally strong and healthy, I am clean and friendly. Who I am is in itself a phenomenal gift.
O Lord God
It is to Him that I give thanks and praise. God provided all of this, from my first breath to every one after that, from the roof over my head to the thoughts in it, from the food in my belly and the clothes on my back. This is God’s work. How truly AWE-some is that!
The Almighty has created so much that it cannot even be fathomed, and even more unfathomable to me is that He chose to bless me with so much, both here on earth and the gifts He promises in the afterlife.
The Lord is my shepherd and I do not want, and for that I must never forget to thank Him. Even during the difficult times, I have always had shelter and sustenance, people to rely on, and my own mind to depend on to think my way through. These are all things which God granted me, without my even asking, without expecting praise in return.
Too often, the simple things in life are taken for granted and that leads to even the more complex things being taken for granted. How often has it chafed you in your life to be taken for granted by someone? Now imagine if you were brought out of poverty and destitution, starvation and uncleanliness, from a place of no potable water and surrounded by violence and fear…and you were brought into my life, where my family has more vehicles than drivers, more houses than we know what to do with, potable water at the lift of a lever, lights and fans and the Internet at the flip of a switch, constantly accessible food in the refrigerator and pantry.
O Lord God, I should drop to my knees now to thank You profusely.
And What Is My Family
To me, my husband and children are very special people, my everything. We love one another and care for each other. But what is my family to our town, our society, the world? And what are we to God the Almighty?
My family is my everything. Even broadening the description to cover all relatives, in-laws, friends, and co-workers, my connections to those around me mean more to me than any possession. If my house were to burn down tonight, I would wake the BHE to help grab our children and cat plus the photos of me with my grandparents and him with his dad before running out the door. If I managed to have my phone on me, I would call my dad, our friends, someone we know to come help us and provide shelter for the night. I know how blessed I am to have such a vast network of people to call my family.
What are we to God, though? We are all His children, His flock, even those who don’t know or have chosen not to follow the footsteps of His Son. It is singularly amazing that of all the creatures on the planet, God chose us to be special and rule the beasts and tame the waters and receive more of His blessings each day.
On this, I go back to the first point of who I am. I am not just intelligent but have an education and the means to further my knowledge, like access to libraries and the financial steadiness to have regular Internet access in my home. I am not just healthy but have the opportunities to visit doctors and grocery stores where I can purchase the best foods for my body and mind. I am not just sheltered in my home but actually have three freaking houses on nice properties that are full of comfortable, clean, and sturdy furnishings and can have the temperatures regulated at the press of a button.
THIS IS HOW FAR I have climbed with my two hands and the grace of God. THIS IS HOW FAR the Lord has brought me. THIS IS HOW FAR my family has come from humble beginnings and days of fear and uncertainty. THIS IS HOW FAR God has brought us with promises of much more to come.
For that, I will give thanks and praise. For that, I will focus on this verse when I become enmeshed in the anxieties that come with weakness and an unclear view of the future. For that, I will try to keep in perspective that I am so unbelievably blessed.
When I lose sight of the path, I will seek His Word to remind me how far we have come. Gratitude and perspective, folks.
What helps you see the beauty of how far you’ve come on your path?