The forecast for the day was cold, the coldest of the year. Bitter winds were blowing, a smidgen of snow and even ice were falling. Yes, it was really, really cold, but I wasn’t worried about the winter weather. I was at home snuggled safely and warmly in my bed, heat blanket turned up to high.
And then 3:00am hit and it all changed. The electricity in my neighborhood decided to quit.
I never heard the reason, I only knew the result. I, along with a bunch of other people, had no electricity on the coldest day of the year.
No heat, no light, no electric blanket, NO COFFEE?
Suddenly I was greatly reminded of what I was trusting in.
Psalm 24:1-2 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.”
God so graciously allows me to have heat and light and coffee most days of my life and I take it so much for granted. Usually, I don’t give it a second thought. I walk into a room, flip on the lights and I am no longer in darkness. 3:00 am is really dark with no lights in the house and no lights in the neighborhood. I hit the button on the coffee maker or use the microwave for something hot.
But it was all a really good reminder to me to be thankful and grateful for all that the Lord generously gives. He owns everything. He controls everything. He is in charge of everything.
Today as I sip my hot coffee and am nice and toasty warm in my house I am saying:
Almighty God, Thank You for the huge blessings in my life such as salvation and heaven and fellowship with You and family and church and on and on. And thank you for all the wonderful modern conveniences I take for granted until a 3:00 wake-up call reminds me to be grateful. Today thank You for heat and light and coffee.