Have you ever found your self in a situation where you needed God’s help? Maybe you went to him in prayer and He came through for you. How long did it take you to forget about the blessing you prayed for?
When Steven and I first got married we were broke. We lived off an income of less than a thousand dollars a month between the two of us. We both were going to school full-time and living off of one income.
After 9 months of marriage we found ourselves moving for my current job. To save money, we decided to leave our belongings in storage for a few months until we bought a house. We packed two tubs of clothes and belongings and drove 12 hours away from home.
If you’ve ever moved for a new job while having little income then you know how hard it is for the first month. Steven and I slept on a blow-up mattress, had folding chairs for living furniture and had to place our tv on the floor. I remember buying a $20 pot for soup put a dent in our budget. We didn’t even have the money to buy a cheap vacuum cleaner to clean up the tiny glass from a broken lamp.
On top of all that, most of our income was quickly going to the OBGYN since I found out I was pregnant the week we moved. It was tough.
Three years later, we live in a beautiful home, have new furniture, two decent vehicles, great jobs and yet…I still complain about my circumstances. Some days I find myself wanting more. I find myself forgetting about how much God has given us. Instead I focus on what I don’t have.
In 1 Kings 18, the prophet Elijah, saw God do amazing things. First, he called on God to bring fire to an alter to prove to Baal worshippers that God truly exists. The alter had been soaked with water and yet God provided fire. The water trench even caught fire. Then God gave Elijah the ability to out run a chariot. But after all of that Elijah was disappointed.
‘”Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”‘
(I encourage you to read 1 Kings 18. It’s an amazing story.)
How can Elijah experience so many miracles back-to-back and still complain about his circumstances?
We often times do the same thing. We forget how blessed we are and how far we’ve come. Like me, you may be complaining about the thing you once wanted the most. Maybe it’s your spouse. You prayed for them but now you complain about everything they do. Maybe it’s a child. You prayed for years for God to bring you a child, but now you’re treating that little girl or boy as if they are a burden. Maybe you prayed for a home and now you can’t wait to get a bigger house.
What was your blessing that you now see as a frustration? I encourage you to take the time to really think and identify if you’re doing this. There is a good chance you are. It’s in our nature to never be satisfied. But it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t correct ourselves when we see we’re being ungrateful for God’s blessings in our lives.
What are some ways you remind yourself to be thankful for God’s blessings in your life?