My little boy comes to my bedside and asks, “Can you play with me, Mummy?”
It’s not the first time he’s asked that today.
“Mummy has to rest now,” I tell him. “You go outside and play. I’ll come soon.”
I give him a cuddle and a kiss before he leaves the bedroom.
As I lie in bed, the winter sun is shining. The air is crisp. The smell of freshly chopped kindling lingers, promising an open fire once the sun sets.
How I would love to enjoy the outdoors with my kids today…
And I think of Jesus’ words: “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”
This chronic illness has torn away so many earthly blessings… Yet it has highlighted my poverty of spirit — which was always there, but I was too busy and ambitious to sit with it like I do so often now.
“Blessed are those who hunger and search for righteousness, for they will be filled,” Jesus said.
And that’s what I meditate on today, as my son plays outside in the winter sunshine — without me. (His sister and grandparents are keeping him company.)
I am truly blessed. My son’s future is in God’s hands. God is the Father of our family and he will never grow weak or weary, like I do. I am filled with God’s peace and I pray for my little boy, that he will know the goodness of God in his life as he grows up.
In a little while, when I go outside to play for 10 minutes, I will soak up the blessings of my boy’s shrieks and giggles. And when I bask in the warmth of the open fire, later on, I’ll invite my boy for snuggles.
He is truly loved.
And so am I.
As God’s dearly loved children, we are richly blessed… even when stuck in bed on a sunny day.
This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up!
Over to you:
- What earthly blessings have been taken away from you, through circumstances beyond your control?
- What earthly blessings remain?
- How can you feel blessed, even when life turns out different to the way you’d planned or hoped?