Watching John each day I am reminded of all of the gifts from God I take for granted and don’t even realize I’m taken them for granted. The most obvious being a heart that pumps blood to all of my organs and throughout my body allowing me to do ordinary things like walk up the stairs, talk without getting winded, laugh out loud, and sleep without waking up constantly. Each time my heart beats my God needs to be praised.
Then I was running the other day, and I thought of all the people in world without functioning legs. I have legs that allow me to run and run strong. I immediately thanked God for my legs. Each time I take a step my God needs to be praised.
There’s a teacher at my school who is probably about my age, and someone told me recently that she has had multiple eye surgeries. She might go blind. I didn’t even realize that people still go blind. I remember growing up watching Little House on the Prairie and Mary went blind. I guess I still think of blindness as something that used to happen a long time ago. Each time I open my eyes and can see my God needs to be praised.
It is fascinating to me that there are people who don’t believe in God. I can’t mentally comprehend that thought when I think of all the miracles I experience each day with a beating heart, running legs, seeing eyes. I think of the verse, “I will praise you, O Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” Psalm 9:1
Everything I experience each day is a wonder from God. It is a gift. When I feel like complaining, demanding my rights, wanting more, I need to remember that until my last breath I will have something to praise God for. If I have nothing more, if I am stripped of everything, I will have that last breath. And that is a wonderous gift from God.