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A String Of Blessings

Sadie was in her seventies and my job as a nurse was sometimes to get her up in the morning. Sadie needed help with washing, dressing, using the bathroom and even putting her dentures in. She had her little ritual. When her hearing aid was in place, her hair was brushed, her wrist watch wound, set at the right time and fastened in place, she would always look for one last finishing touch before being wheeled to the dining room for breakfast: 'Put my necklace on please.'

That necklace! It was a string of pearls, or what looked like pearls, fastened by a delicate gold catch that needed the finest touch to fasten the tiny ring onto a spring clip. And my eyesight and clumsy big hands always struggled with the fastener. When I finally managed to secure the clip, Sadie was happy. And off we'd go to breakfast!

I've thought of my life like that necklace, like a string of bright blessings, coming full circle and fastened with a gold clip. God has carefully threaded on individually created bright blessings as He has worked His sovereign will in my life. Often, as in the experience of the true pearl which forms as the oyster's response to the painful experience of a grit of sand inside the delicate shell, God has allowed hard experiences to be the means of creating the blessings. All done to make us more like Jesus.

'All things work together for good to those who love God' (Rom. 8:28).

'Blessed ... with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ' (Eph. 1:3).

A string of bright blessings only He could design and put in place. And one day, when they are complete, He will fasten the clip with perfect precision and incomparable timing. All will be finished.

'Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits' (Ps. 103:2).

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