The road ahead of me disappears into a khaki cloud of dust. With dry weather, the harvest season in Ohio creates impervious dust storms that swallowed cars before spitting them out on the other side covered with a film of dirt.
Yet this dusty blessing feeds us.
With ongoing remodeling in my house, no flat surface is spared a layer of white powder from the dry walling. Every time I think I have it cleaned, I spy another surface coated. I am frustrated during a remodeling process that is at first destructive before it can be constructive.
Yet this dusty blessing will renovate and refresh my home.
Last January my son faced huge heartbreak when he found out his last step into the church ministry was postponed. Instead of beginning the call process last February, he had to wait till this September. God took his situation, full of unfairness, anger, and misunderstanding, and opened an opportunity for him to work at the churchwide headquarters of our denomination, networking with people he would not have ever met if this hadn’t happen.
When all looked bleak, God brought forth a good thing in another dusty blessing.
All these turns from worse to better lately made me think more about how blessings happen to us. Many times the tough times do evolve into a blessing if we put them into God’s hands.
Dust – an earthly powder, often representing something that is disintegrating.
Blessing – the infusion of something with holiness.
The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings. – Author unknown.
God takes the dust and creates a blessing.
What dusty blessings do you see?
Jean Wise says
Thanks for all the comments. As we drove around yesterday, I kept seeing farmers in the fields and was reminded once again of dusty blessings. They are all around us!
Rebecca Ramsey says
Wow. This is AWESOME. I love this. Love it, love it!
Love, love, love this, Jeanie. It sure spoke to me.
Blessings on you. The dusty kind are so precious.
Jeanie, Yes, This is one of your best. Neat idea-dusty blessings. I have had many in my life as I look back.Thanks for reminding me to look at the dust and consider the blessing. Love you Clella
It’s amazing to see how God works isn’t it? All too often though we can’t see past the dust and that’s a shame. Loved this post Ms. Jean!!!
Jean Wise says
Thank you for all your kind comments. I think I have found some soul sisters today! It is so hard to see any blessings when we are in the midst of sorrow but God is amazing in how he brings forth good from any kind of grief. Praise God!
Cassandra Frear says
I like this dusty blessing of yours. There have been plenty of these in my life. I’ve noticed that most of the time, I can’t see the blessings until later. Somehow, they emerge better with a little distance.
Oh you are writing straight into my heart with thhis one, Jean. I am seeing dusty blessings, even in the midst of grief. Just remembering my amazing mother-in-law throughout the day is a blessing in itself — she offers such an inspiring role model for me to aspire to.
Love this post, Jean — you speak loud and clear to me today (well, every day really…but you know what I mean!).
This is one of my favorite posts you’ve written. Love your insights. I believe my recent car accident was a dusty blessing. I’m always amazed at how God works our mistakes and disappointments to accomplish His ultimate purposes for our lives.