I woke up in the middle of the night with a kick to the burglary proof right beside the bed. It hurts so bad. I was having a dream where I was kicking a dog away.
As I focused on the pain and my wife woke up with consoling words, I realised what God just delivered us from. If I was facing my wife, I would likely have kicked her right in the stomach. It would have been a different story. The pain suddenly faded as I gave God praise with gratitude.
It sounds simple. It is so easy to focus on a personal pain because of things that has happened to you but if you take a closer look, you will have a point of gratitude because if it was left for the devil, things could have been worse. You would have been in pains and yet still be counting your losses.
Friends, the Lord watches over you even in your sleep. He does not slumber nor sleep. He is your ever present help in times of trouble. You can hire a night guard for physical nights of sleep but can you hire one for deadly spiritual attacks that God keeps sparing you from?
Except the Lord watches a city, the watchmen only watch in vain. The Lord said about Jerusalem that I will be a wall of fire around her. God indeed protects. He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
If you ever get to see what that three minutes delay delivered you from or the troubles that the unapproved business proposal protected you from, you will be full of greater gratitude.
And peradventure the serpent has bitten you like it did to the Israelites in the wilderness, remember to focus on the cross and not on the hurt.
There is a point of thanksgiving hidden in your pain. There is a gate of praise hidden in the fence of opposition. No matter how big your Goliath is, there is always an unexposed forehead that the stone of a worshipper will never miss.
What will you be grateful for this season?