Monday, January 12, 2009


(Photo by Hazel King)

Okay, I admit it. I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be responsible for four dogs while my daughter’s family took a much-deserved short trip. Driving into the country twice a day to feed them was just another chore on my “to do” list. But I love my daughter so I agreed. When I left home that first morning, it was still dark and I had the road to myself. The radio was on and the drive passed quickly. The dogs were delighted to see me and cooperated nicely with the plan, so I was soon on the road again. By then, the sun was rising, turning the sky into a beautiful rainbow of color. I couldn’t remember the last time I saw a sunrise. I had my camera with me, so I captured the moment in the photograph above. The second morning was foggy and I took misty pictures of fog-shrouded houses and fields. The third day was rainy. I detoured down side roads to snap old barns and ramshackle houses under a cloudy sky. Thanks to my daughter and her dogs, I was in the country with rare time to indulge my love of photography. I said all that to say this: there is a blessing in everything if we just learn to recognize it. All we have to do is look up or around to see how God blesses our service to others in so many large and small ways. To paraphrase the scripture, we truly are more blessed (more rewarded) by giving—our time, our service, our love—than by receiving from the hand of others. I have the pictures to prove it.

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah.” (Psalm 68:19, NKJV)

By Hazel King
© 2009

1 comment:

  1. I loved today's blog. Just lately I've come to realize these small blesssings on a daily basis. Thank you for reminding us that if we just look for these blessings God will show them to us.