Small blessings

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” C.S. Lewis

“Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.”
Alexandre Dumas

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(the tiniest of bees, with swollen pollen pouches on each leg, graces a coneflower / Julie Cook / 2015)

Should any received blessing be perceived as being “less than” based upon its size or stature?

In order to qualify as a blessing,
must something be so large, so grand, so luxurious. . .
that we fall into it as if we were falling onto the softest,
most plush, most decant goose down bedding?


Can something so tiny, so small, so demure,
such that it can be missed by the single blink of an eye,
be considered any less bountiful a blessing because it is just that. . .
small, tiny and perhaps considered minuscule?

Are we conditioned for the great and grand?
Are we perhaps too expectant that our expectations should soar upward to lofty heights,
so much so that we are prone to brush off the small as meaningless and insignificant?
Missing what may be the greatest moment of our day. . .

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

8 comments on “Small blessings

  1. Julie says:

    I took a lot for granted when I was young and strong and tragedies were few and far between. Grand blessings were really the only ones that caught my attention. Now that I have spent some days, weeks, even months clinging to frail planks, now that I am acquainted with my own frailty, I’m beginning to appreciate God’s tender mercies of all sizes.

    • It does often seem to be a matter of age I fear—with perhaps our having experienced so much—much that is simply overwhelming that it is then, and only then that we can finally see the blessing of the single small sapling for the vast and overwhelming forest —
      blessings Julie—hugs from Julie 🙂

  2. ColorStorm says:

    Sometimes God leaves a feast of blessing through a simple post or comment from one of His own…………….

    Small blessing? I’m thinking if God is in it, it is not so small, eh? I like tiny. 😉 Keep bringing the platter jewels.

  3. Lynda says:

    Lovely post. Gratitude for small blessings is at the centre of our faith. God blesses us with new mercies every morning!!

  4. There is great wisdom in knowing when enough is enough, and any blessing regardliess of size is more than enough. Took me a while to realize that but it’s the truth for sure. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  5. lljostes says:

    I love the photo of the little bee so amply supplied with pollen–reminds me of how much God looks after all of His creation! Hugs ~ Laura

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