I remembered the homily of the priest in Sigma, Capiz last June 7, 2009. He talked one common trait of humans – always forgetting, or deliberately forgetting to appreciate life’s blessings because we fantasize our blessings or gifts wrapped in fancy materials. But God knows what is best for us. Simply because He is our creator.
When our pleas are not answered, just wait. It doesn’t mean that He is not listening or working on it. It’s simply not a NO but teaching us the value of patience because He believe you deserved even better.
Going back to the homily, the priest made a very good illustration on this matter. He narrated a story of the father and son working as carpenters. The father is stationed in the loft working and looking after for his son on the ground cutting the woods to make the makeshift. When the son was about to cut the wrong kind of wood, the father called his attention but he never paid attention and continued cutting it. What the father did was to drop a 5-peso coin to catch his attention. But the father was surprised seeing his son picked up the coin and placed in it his pocket and continue without even looking up his father. The same thing happened on the next minute. To the father’s disappointment, when he saw his son cutting a wrong type of wood for the third time, he dropped not a coin but a finely cut small piece of wood on his son’s shoulder. Voila! His son looked up and madly asked him why he hit him, the father said nothing but a smile.
This story made me realized that more often than not I am acting like the son. We oftentimes forget to look up and say thank you when we receive blessings, may it be small or otherwise. But when trials, tribulations are against us, only then we can remember to lift our heads with teary eyes and drop on our knees and asked God WHY?
This story serves an inspiration for me that everytime I receive a blessing no matter how small or big it is I should never forget to lift my head and say THANK YOU LORD.