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Blessings can come in tattered packaging

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I am reminded of a story about my Great Grandmother.

In those days when it rained heavily at night, the next morning, the village would be full of ripe mangoes fallen on the ground from mango trees. Village folk would enthusiastically gather up the mangoes.

However, if there was lightning that accompanied the night’s rain, none of the village folk would dare to touch those mangoes as they believed that those mangoes were forbidden and bad for health. No one dared to take a chance with their health.

My Great Grandmother thought differently!

She could not bear to stand by and see so many seasonal mangoes going waste, and anyways the story of the lightning struck mangoes being bad for health was not a proven fact, the myth had got passed on among the gullible villagers. My Great Grandmother would bravely pick the juicy sweet mangoes and relish them.

She went on to live a healthy life and lived to cross more than a hundred years!

This might sound like a simple narrative, but the point I am trying to make is that  blessings may not always come looking like blessings.

Testimonies of healing, financial breakthroughs and most other blessings, they don’t always come in a nicely gift wrapped package.

I wonder what David was going through when he wrote ‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies’

He is talking about enemies and that’s anything but pleasant and can be synonymous with anxiety, fear, lack of peace, uncertainty, battle and more.

From taking care of sheep to working for King Saul, and going on to become the King, David faced battles. In fact, David’s victories were woven around battles.

Those enemies, those battles, those tough situations got David thinking differently. He learnt to seek God passionately, unlike many others, until God gave him the strategy to face his challenges. Each time an enemy tried to pull David down, David sought God’s guidance to overcome that enemy.

One pattern emerged through David’s challenges.

David sought God.

God gave instructions.

David obeyed the instructions.

David won the battle.

Each battle showcased the beauty of David’s confidence, boldness and faith.

Sometimes, the best blessings can be found in  poor, tattered packaging.

A whole nation was in fear when Goliath showed up with his threats. The way the situation appeared, it didn’t look like it was going to unfold a great blessing to the nation and personally to David.

But David knew his shepherd.

What about the story of Ziklag in 1st Samuel chapter 30?

The story speaks of the Amalekites attacking Ziklag and burning it down.

They captured the wives and children of all of David’s men as well as David’s wives and children. The situation looked so hopeless that they cried until they had no more strength to cry.

To make things worse, David’s own men blamed him and wanted to kill him.

Up until this point, nothing about the story demonstrates that there was a historic victory waiting to be recorded in the Bible for all eternity.

David did the exact same thing he did when times were good. He humbled himself, honoured God and sought God’s guidance.

It was God’s word that restored his strength back.

David and his men found an Egyptian refugee who revealed the location of the people who attacked ziklag, that was enough proof that God was with David

David pursued the enemy that plundered Ziklag.

David and his men fought vigorously with the hand of God upon them.

David recovered all that the Amalekites had captured.

David won a great victory.

That is an amazing story of God’s favour.

We have just entered the last quarter of 2020!

 After months of lock down, in many parts of the world, including my city, things are beginning to open up. Of course things may not be getting back on track with a boom. There is still anxiety and uncertainty.

Through it all, we have the assurance that the Lord Jesus is our Shepherd.

A great king like David testified about the great Shepherd setting a feast before him even in the midst of his enemies. And that’s how we too can move forward, like David did – trusting in our Shepherd, feasting on His provision, relying on His protection, even in the middle of our challenges.

Its about time to believe for a change. Its about time for some laughter and fun. Its about time to believe differently.

I have in my hand the promise I received at last year’s cross over service. Its about time to walk by faith.

Blessings can come in tattered packaging.

Are you ready to receive yours?

Bible verse:

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies

Psalm 23:5 (NKJV)


24 comments on “Blessings can come in tattered packaging

  1. calltocourage5
    October 6, 2020

    Beautiful story and beautifully written. Thank you!

    Liked by 3 people

  2. khuukua
    October 6, 2020

    I love this
    Very inspiring and encouraging

    Liked by 2 people

  3. awayfromthemaddingcrowd
    October 6, 2020

    Thank you for this reassuring post 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. francisashis
    October 6, 2020

    Very relevant when we all are trying to find blessings during this pandemic .This blessed post is a solace to many who are puzzled and whose faith seems to sway like the papyrus on the banks of the Nile.Thanks for sharing .Take care .

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Perth Girl
    October 6, 2020

    Blessings can come in tattered packaging – I love that concept. We expect blessings to come a certain way but they don’t always come that way.
    There is so much to learn from king David’s life. He always pursued God.
    A very encouraging word Sophia 😊
    Blessings to you dear 💙


  6. Perth Girl
    October 6, 2020

    Hi Sophia,
    I am not sure what happened to my previous comment but it seems to have disappeared.
    Thank you for the reminder that blessings do not always come in a neat and tidy package and to look beyond what we expect. God works and provides in different ways and may our eyes be open to see, appreciate and experience them all.
    Awesome word.
    Blessings to you dear 💙

    Liked by 2 people

    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      October 6, 2020

      Hey There: So good to see you again. Thanks for taking time out to share your comments. It means so much to have your appreciation and I want to thank you very much. Blessings to you too.
      Lots of love

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Blessing Pius
    October 7, 2020

    Wow! Lovely and helpful write up


  8. herrychiccounsels
    October 7, 2020

    Such a blessed share on this. The verse you shared in Psalms 23 is one of the verses I hold dear. Even in the odds we are blessed to have a good shepherd who cares so much about us. 💯


  9. musingsofmanettekay
    October 9, 2020

    Thank you, Sophia, for sharing your interpretation and thoughts in this insightful writing. With Christ, blessings can come through many means… even through suffering.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. muktimasih
    November 11, 2020

    Wow thank you for this reminder.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Wise Hearted
    June 18, 2021

    I just wrote along the line of your post on my facebook site. You Grandmother was not believe in what was not true and used common sense and reaped a reward. How many times so we let fear lead us and not the Lord who gives us wisdom and common sense. Your Grandma was shining light in a dark world. Glad I reach back into past post for this one.


    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      June 18, 2021

      Glad you found that one. I enjoyed writing that post very much and happy that it ministered to you today. Thanks for being so pro active and supportive in coming back to post a comment. I truly appreciate it each time and certainly look forward to see you more.


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