On July 4th around 7:30 a.m., my best friend and I were walking through our town’s city park. As we were in intense conversation about our families, friends, and life in general, looking to the right of me I see a homeless man sleeping. I immediately alert my best friend. It’s like we both were in awe at that moment. We’ve lived in our small town for now thirty-three years and had never witnessed this scene. In fact, we’ve only seen it in movies. Silence fell among us momentarily.
It was at that moment that God gave me a “gentle” reminder of just how blessed I really am. I told my friend that we both should consider not complaining about our homes, jobs, spouses, and everyday stresses. After all, we have homes to go home to with family receive us. This man had nothing. Why are we so easy to forget all that God has provided for us? When are we going to get that we are too blessed to be stressed?
I thank God for that “gentle” reminder. The kind that got my attention and tugged at my heart. We take so much that the Lord has given us for granted. Listen and stay alert. God gives “gentle” reminders daily. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” God wants your attention. Will you listen?