A guest post written by Bethany Brix from Beverly Hills, California.
The week had been a blur. Long hours of work, makeshift meals on the run, virtually no down time. Sound familiar? Although my husband and I felt genuine gratitude for activity – and its resultant benefits – the situation qualified as a mixed blessing. Where was the time to catch a breath, visit with loved ones, or give appropriate care to needy family members?
When I was comparing my hectic schedule with a friend’s, she mentioned a verse from Psalms: “The Lord gives strength to His people; The Lord blesses His people with peace.” The meaning of this verse is even clearer to me with the New International translation: “The Lord’s absolute and everlasting rule is committed to his people’s complete salvation and unmixed blessedness – the crowning comfort in a world where threatening tides seem to make everything uncertain.”
But somehow in our current climate of ‘faster is better,’ the truth of this ‘unmixed blessedness’ was being buried. Through the years I have experienced examples of how God supplies all good, all strength, blessing our family with remarkable protection and healing, and I knew it was time to truly understand that God’s goodness doesn’t come with any reservation. Good is good. Period. Therefore, God could not create a mixed blessing.
This change of thought was my wake up call. Early morning prayers, always a joyous preparation for me, had in recent months become rushed moments at best. It was paramount that I return to a more thorough recognition of God’s role in the day’s direction. I was then mentally prepared when worrisome thoughts of lack, deadlines, and health problems tried to take command.
Mary Baker Eddy, health researcher and author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, asks, “Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.” With this in mind, my husband and I set about to gratefully acknowledge the ‘blessings we have’ and that God is the giver of these blessings.
Once I was able to change my thinking, I found the pressure of my busy life lessened. I felt grateful to again acknowledge the blessings I was receiving and I continue to find that there are no mixed blessings.