Friday, September 23, 2016

The Blessed Test

I woke up this morning
and knew that today,
the sun would not be shining
and the clouds would be gray. 

As I stepped outside,
rain fell upon my head.
My car wouldn't start
so I walked to school instead. 

I forgot all of my assignments.
I failed all of my tests.
I dropped my head in disgust
and asked the Lord for one request. 

"Lord, why is that things
won't go my way?"
He gently replied, "Dear child
it is because you didn't thank me yesterday. 

I woke you up and enable you
to see the sun again
I gave you shelter, protected your family,
and even let you make a new friend. 

I blessed you far greater
than I have before.
But you were too busy
to thank me once more. 

You don't feel sick
because I maintained your health.
You had money in your pocket
because I maintained your wealth. 

You had shoes on your feet
and clothes to wear, too.
You had plenty of food to eat,
and what did you do? 

You ignored me
and went about your tasks.
But when you wanted something
you never hesitated to ask. 

I was there when you needed me,
and that wasn't too long ago.
But when things started going your way,
it was me you did not know. 

As if that weren't enough,
I provided my favorite luxuries.
This was something I didn't have to do
- they weren't even necessities. 

And when it was time to get on your knees
and show your gratitude,
you decided that after such a fulfilling day,
you weren't in the mood. 

So I decided to give
you a little test.
To show you how it would feel
to stop being blessed." 

I began to realize
what the Lord was saying.
And when I got home I fell
to my knees and started praying. 

He said, "My child you have learned
and you know I do forgive.
But remember to remember this day
as long as you shall live. 

I love filling your life with joy,
and your pain I'll alleviate it.
But just a simple thank you would show
how much you appreciate it."

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