I called my drive to work this morning a “blessing.”
Each morning I drive less than two miles to a parking lot, get in a stranger’s car and “slug” to Washington, DC. The trip to the parking lot takes me through 4 traffic lights and 3 stop signs. Two of the traffic lights are right turns so I don’t count those, the stop signs are never busy, and one of the two remaining lights is weight triggered leaving me with one annoying stop light. Very often I get stuck sitting at this light watching the line behind me grow and a trickle of cars drive through the intersection in front of me. (I write a few paragraphs about why it annoys me and even more reasons why it shouldn’t but that’s not what I’m going for in this post so I’ll just move on.)
Today, I caught that annoying light just right. As I drove through the intersection I said to myself “Thank you God for that blessing.” In that same moment, I wondered what made getting through that green light a “blessing.” Why did I call the light going my way a blessing, but when God deems it right for the light to turn red and me to wait not a “blessing.” Do I only consider things that God gives me that are what I want good, but when God in his infinite knowledge and love gives me things that aren’t in what I want not worthy of thanks?
What is a blessing really?
1 Thessalonians 5:18 - “give thanks in all circumstances…”