Monday, May 07, 2012

the gift of seeing His fingerprints...

How many times have you heard someone say "this is the worst thing that could ever happen to me"?  Maybe you have been the one to say it.  But is it really true?  I was watching a TV show last night and someone made that comment because they had made a simple mistake.  No one was going to lose their life. They were just inconvenienced and she claimed it was the worst thing in the world.

This past week someone we know found out that they have an invasive carcinoma.  And yet, this person is not claiming it as the worst thing in the world.  They are glorifying God and trusting Him throughout this process no matter where it leads. This is one of their quotes from the week:

I have no doubt that God has a purpose in allowing me to travel this path -
I see His fingerprints everywhere I look!

 I hate cancer.  It does seem like one of the worst things in the world that can happen to someone.  And yet this person is not complaining.  Instead they are praising.  And God is glorified.

As I continue counting God's precious gifts I think of this friend with cancer and all of those facing truly horrible situations.  I commit anew to cherish each day, each moment, and each event God allows me to face.

722.  hearing our friend praise God in the midst of struggle.
723.  our women's Bible study growing to include more Belizean women.
724.  the Wednesday night Bible study at Bethel church growing and going deeper in the Word.
725.  plantains from the trees in our yard
726.  gluten free pizza
727.  posting photos of the supermoon on Facebook at the same time as my oldest brother in Kansas.

728.  enjoying the view from our backyard

729.  reading Stormie Omartian's book The Power of  Praying for Your Adult Children
730.  receiving donations of toys for play therapy at CDF.
731.  cloud cover on hot days.
732.  not seeing over smelling smoke from any fires over the past three days.
733.  watching the finale of the Amazing Race with Tom and Spencer.
734.  seeing Tom enjoy watching the NBA playoffs.

735. seeing God's beauty captured in Tony Rath's photos of Belize
                             Scarlet Macaws in Early Morning Light by Tony Rath (tonyrath) on
                        Scarlet Macaws in Early Morning Light by Tony Rath
                                                Garifuna Settlement Day by Tony Rath (tonyrath) on
                                                   Garifuna Settlement Day by Tony Rath
                                            Eyeing the Lionfish by Tony Rath (tonyrath) on
                                    Eyeing the Lionfish by Tony Rath

Gifts found in the Word:
736.  No matter how many promises God made, they are "Yes" in Christ 2 Cor 1:20
737.  We can make our thoughts obedient to Christ 2 Cor 10:5
738.  We were chosen before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  Eph 1:4
739.  In Christ we are brought to fullness.  Col 2:10
740.  Reality is found in Christ.  Col 2:17

 joining in with the gratitude community:


  1. Hi Alida - I was commenting and my internet crashed so if it appears twice, i'm sorry :) Great post and great reminder that there are way more things out there that can go wrong. Nevertheless, we need to see God's grace and mercy whatever we're going through.
    God bless

  2. Beautiful moon shots. My BFF's Mom lives in Belize.

  3. Beautiful pictures and beautiful gifts!

  4. Beautiful Pics! Amen , we have so much to be thankful for in our lives ! Especially for Jesus!

  5. To see his fingerprints every where is a blessing.

  6. Sorry about your friend...cancer does suck!! Moon pictures are beautiful...His fingerprints indeed:-)

  7. Great things to be thankful for!

  8. So sorry about your friend. These things definitely put things in perspective in life. I love that pic from your backyard. I want that view everyday.