It is easier to recognize a blessing after it is gone.
We are so obsessed with what we do not have, we cannot see the value of what we have been given. The blessings from God are usually hidden in very plain packages. They come wrapped in things like an evening meal at the kitchen table with someone you love, a child you see playing in the backyard while you clean the dishes, a great conversation with a friend. In these earthen vessels are found the treasure of God’s love.
To be blessed means to discover that God cherishes us more deeply than we do ourselves. To receive God’s blessing is to come home to a place we have never been, but where, from the moment we arrive, we know we belong. It is a place where we are unconditionally loved.
Blessings are not achievements, they are gifts from heaven. The sinless one, the judge, came to me, a person who lost on the sea of good intentions and altered my sense of how I found hope. I am made right, not by trying harder, but by God’s grace and seeing how God is with me. He found me out in the wilderness where I was trying hard to get to the right place in life.
One cannot justify living like a snake simply because the world is full of snakes. Nor can I simply refuse my own venom saying, “just get use to it, for that is who I am.” As a Buddhist, I recognize God did not make me angry, cynical or deadly. I did.