Spirit Lifting: Keepsake Blessings

This devotion reminds us that even in the most difficult times, God blesses us with "precious and perfect moments."

Posted in , Feb 24, 2022

Sandhill cranes in flight against a blue sky; photo credit Lynn Bystrom/Getty Images, iStockphoto

…If there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.—Philippians 4:8 (RSV)

“Your mother’s cows got out of their fence again!” the caller said.

Could the day get any more complicated? Getting the cows back in was my husband’s job, but John was away helping a neighbor. I was already late on two work deadlines, and I had yet to fix my mother’s lunch. She had recently suffered a series of mini strokes that made it hard for her to cook for herself. We watched her comings and goings closely and brought meals to her farm daily.

My life felt out of control. There were too many things to do and too little time. I drove to my mother’s farm, and we walked out into the pasture together. At least the cows were easier to get back in than I’d thought.

In the pasture she knew so well, we found a wild plum tree. “I never knew this tree was here,” my mother said, edging from branch to branch, leaning on her cane.

Suddenly my frustrations fell away. All I saw was my mother reaching for a plum against the backdrop of an azure sky, cranes flying overhead.

Even this difficult day had given me a precious and perfect moment, a keepsake to treasure for the future.

Lord, help me slow down and look for the beauty in my day.

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