There are times when I sit back and think of things I am grateful for that are typically overlooked…things that we consider normal parts of life…the little things. These are the things we all take for granted…
Electricity, Plumbing, Windows, Cars, Heaters, Telephones, Houses, Clean Water, Soap
In America we have windows everywhere. Glass is a simple blessing…but the windows we have are even more so. They keep us warm, they keep us cool, they keep the bugs out, they provide lovely views of our outside world while protecting us. When I visited China in 1991, all of the houses had “windows”, but these were just panels that opened…no glass windows. Next time you look out a window, consider the simple blessing.
So, as I am writing this, the song “Rings” comes on by Lobo… a song from the 70s. And he says “Let the telephone ring.” (No Joke!! This happened to come on…love synchronicity). Anyway, how many times have we picked up the phone (or the cell phone) to call someone. Have we considered the miracle of this kind of communication? When we are away and miss our family, we pick up the phone and call. Many in this world don’t have this blessing. Next time you call the wife or the grandkidz or the pizza place, think about the blessings of the phone. (And as I wrote that the NEXT song to come on the iPod is “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” by U2 with the lyric “And it’s you when I look in the mirror, And it’s you when I don’t pick up the phone, Sometimes you can’t make it on your own.” )
Soap is another surefire miracle. It cleanses us and refreshes us. But many in this world not only have to live with dirty water, but also have no soap to cleanse themselves with. And in this age of a myriad of scented “Bath and Body Works” soaps as well as other kinds of scented soaps (including Bacon Scented Soap!), do we ever stop to consider these with gratitude?
Next time you flip a switch, turn a key, open a window, make a call, turn on the radio, tie a shoe….think about the blessings that these little simple things are