Taken for Granted

Taken for Granted – To value someone or something too lightly

We tend to take so many things for granted;  the very breath we breathe, the beauty of nature, the sound of a child’s laughter, good health, plenty of food, a warm abode in the winter and a nice, cool refuge from the sweltering heat of summer.

I never stop and think, “I wonder if water will come out of the faucet when I  turn it on.”  When I flip a light switch I never question if the room will be illuminated. When I press start on the dishwasher I never cross my fingers and toes and hope it works. I don’t even think about it.

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When I start my car I just assume it will fire right up. Actually, the thought of it not starting never enters my mind.

Until it doesn’t.

I remember an ice/snow storm in my home state of GA back in the early 70’s. It was a typical almost-end-of-winter Friday and I, a member of the JV basketball team, was excited because we had an away game and then I was going home with my BFF, Mary Katherine, for the weekend.

After lunch that day we were notified that a winter storm was on the way and the game had to be canceled. We were mystified because it was sunny and kind of warm.

I went on home with my friend after school and by that night we had ourselves a blizzard and by the next morning there was a foot of snow on top of a blanket of ice and no electricity. And I had two changes of clothing and my friend was short and tiny and I was tall and not so tiny.

My friend lived way out in the country (or so it seemed back then) and it was a week before those dirt roads were passable. What was to be a weekend visit turned into a week long vacation.

People laugh at how the south closes down when we get a drop of snow and all the stores sell out of bread and milk. But they don’t realize that we are not equipped for snow at all. I’ve never even held a snow shovel.

I still take electricity for granted, until a storm takes it out.

At times, we take people for granted:  parents, spouses, children. We just think they will always be around.

Until they’re not.

I will never forget the day my maternal grandmother died.  I was 17.  We had lived up the road from her until I was 12 and our house burned to the ground.  You can read all about The Day the Music Died here!  We were always close and she instilled many words of wisdom into my life.  I will always cherish her wedding ring that was passed down to my aunt and then on to me.

I didn’t think I could go on living after she departed from this earth.  But I did.

And then later, when my paternal grandmother passed away, I went through all those same emotions again.

James 4:14 – Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].

I think we sometimes take God and His finished work for granted.

Another memory that will always be fresh in my mind is the day I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. I had joined the church when I was 12. You can read all about that little escapade here. But I accepted Jesus, once and for all, in Jacksonville Florida at the age of 21.

I still recall how emotional I was. I cried the entire weekend. I was just so happy. I was a new creature in Christ.

I’ve never questioned my salvation since. It’s a done deal.

But what about my relationship with the Lord?  What about when I don’t feel like God is there?

First of all, I don’t walk by feelings and I know that God’s word teaches me to draw close to God, and in turn, he will draw close to me (James 4:8).

My Bible also  teaches me that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).  He never changes.

So when I find myself taking God for granted, I know I need to work on my relationship with him. You can’t have a close relationship without fellowship.

God is perfect. I am not. So it’s always my end that needs work, not his.

On this faithful Friday I’m taking a deep breath and thanking God for the very air I breathe and I’m spending time in his word and in prayer.

When I fellowship with my father, I get to know him better and I’m changed from glory to glory. I was created to praise him and he inhabits the praise of his people!

What or who do you tend to take for granted?

About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!

Comments

  1. Sherree Phillips says:

    Thank you Alwilda, for such an inspiring blog. I have had to learn this through the years. I guess the older we get the wiser we get (praise God). I’m just sorry I didn’t learn this in my younger years.

    Love you Girl

  2. Thank you so much for the reminder. With our lady’s bible study we go through the book Respectable Sin by Jerry Bridges. And he points out that unthankfulness (taking things for granted, without stopping to thank the giver) is actually sin. Reading your post it also hit me, that all the earthly blessings can change so quickly, but our salvation in Christ can not. Thanks be to God!

  3. Great reminder Alli – I often think about what our grandparents had to endure back in the day… We are so blessed to have what we do, and the people who are in our lives.
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    • I know, Renee! I often think about how much my children would have loved my grandmother. And how much she would have loved them.

  4. I just praise God not only for salvation but for the Comforter who carries us through those dark times in life. There are many times, I realize I haven taken God for granted! He never leaves us or forsakes us according to Deuteronomy 31:6. There is so much comfort in the word of God.
    You and I have a lot in common. Although my home was not a total loss and it wasn’t fire, our home was flooded during the flood of ’94 in central Georgia. I wrote about it while in college. I should use that as a post one day. My church family poured out immeasurable love on us during that time. Ain’t God good!
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    • Yes, you should write about it! I would love to read all about that flood. I get more comments when I write about family stuff than I do when I share recipes. I think people like to get to know bloggers and when we share personal stories of triumph or tragedy, it shows a little bit of our heart to them.
      I’m so glad that our Home and Garden group brought such a wonderful group of bloggers together. And that we discuss much more than home or gardening!

  5. Crystal says:

    What a great reminder. God is so good and always faithful. Thanks for the encouragement 🙂

  6. This is so true. Being thankful is a great antidote. Thought-provoking post. Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions
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