Taking Things For Granted

How fortunate it is that God reminds us from time to time to be thankful for what we take for granted. Last week a terrible series of storms marched across the US. In Ontario we felt the whiplash of their passing. Although the winds knocked down trees, removed shingles and plunged thousands into darkness, we didn’t suffer any of the tragic losses felt by our American cousins. For that we are cautiously thankful, for we know that it is certainly not because we are more worthy than they. A more generous people than Americans is hard to find on planet earth.
However, we did learn a lot from the storm. Those lessons concern not only being thankful for good, sunshiny twister-free weather. We are especially thankful for electricity and the ingenuity that God has built into those He created in His own image. Last Thursday the storm blew a tree over the power lines across the road and we lost power for three days along with 600 others. We found ourselves singularly unprepared for this eventuality. As the temperature dipped close to freezing, the house got colder and colder. We had no heat source whatever. A couple of times during the next days, we drove to our daughter’s house, a half hour away, to get warm.
For light we did have a few candles and a oil lamp. I couldn’t find a flashlight. How could we live without being able to read? How would we entertain ourselves without the TV?
Since we live on a rural property we have a well. With the pump disabled, we soon found ourselves without water. Fortunately, we had some water we could use for flushing the commode and washing hands. The summer before I’d installed a barrel to collect rain water off the roof. And we had some bottled water for drinking and brushing our teeth.
At first we fired up the backyard BBQ to boil water in a can and heat up some soup. Finally, deep in our storeroom we found an old propane camping stove that we could use to fry eggs and heat water to wash up without blackening our cooking pots.
Would we lose all our frozen food—the scores of containers of soup we’d painstakingly cooked, the meat, the bargains we’d found at grocery stores? Fortunately, the power outage was not widespread and we were able to buy ice to keep things cold.
Everything takes so much longer and is so much more difficult when we lose the boon of electricity. So, we’re suddenly very thankful for light bulbs and furnaces, for stoves and freezers, for coffee pots and water pumps, for computers and TV’s. Truly, the Lord has made man a little lower than the angels and crowned him with glory and honour. Now if only we’d learn to redirect the glory to its source.
We will try to remind ourselves in the days ahead not to take good things for granted whether they be the conveniences we enjoy or the people in our lives; and especially not to take God’s grace in Jesus Christ for granted. Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of lights. (James 1:17) And as Romans 2:4 reminds us, the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience…should lead us…toward repentance. Including repenting for unthankfulness.


9 responses to “Taking Things For Granted

  1. Great post, Eric. I love the spiritual application you found. Excellent.


  2. Thanks Sally. We forget so easyily how blessed we all are!

  3. Hi Eric – Finally getting around to reading our blog. I often pray that God will give me a grateful heart. Too easy to complain!

  4. Eric,
    I’m a fellow word guild member and wordpress user. Glad to see you venture into the blog world. Soon you’ll be addicted!
    I liked this post. It was a gentle reminder that we take so much for granted in our pampered part of the world.

  5. As one struggling to set up my own blog, I’m in awe! You have a nice way of hooking the reader’s attention, gaining his/her trust and moving deeper. I appreciated your cinching your message with scripture at the end. The pictures add a lot, altho the first one was a bit dark.
    I’ll be looking for more.

  6. Nice blog, Eric. And good thoughts. Blessings, Marcia

  7. Excellent Eric,
    Now you can take over Fellowship Link. lol:) At least we can pop a link to one of your posts.
    We had a week at our cottage without power – very interesting time. Also another time when we had the B & B we lost power and no gas for our guests to drive home. Wayne drove to Fenelon to get them enough gas to get started. A whole new world without electricity. We installed a generator and haven’t had to use it yet.
    Blessings, Jan

  8. Hello Eric,
    Lovely clean, crisp blogsite — congratulations!
    (I haven’t as yet set up a WordPress one as yet, although I have an account; but maybe my attempt at it’s getting closer!)
    Thank you for this very thought-provoking article.

  9. mary mcdonald

    Always good subjects to be encouraged about as God turns situations onto wonderful lessons for us………………to remember how Great He is and how He desires to glorify Himself through us. What condescending love to be so involved with such details of our lives! Keep sharing! Mary

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