Surprised by God: 4 Lessons in Gratitude

Through a series of events, God showed me how much I truly have to be grateful for. He provides for the little things and the not-so-little things.

Have you ever taken for granted the provision of God or forgotten to be thankful for the little, and not-so-little, things in life?

I’ve always considered myself to be a grateful person. Then, through a series of events, God showed me how much I truly have to be grateful for.

Has God ever put you on a course like that?

My first lesson was with shoes.
As a child, an illness left me with a physically deformed leg and foot. Finding shoes that would fit properly, or at all, has always been a nightmare. Reconstructive surgery made the condition worse. After the surgery, the hard-to-find shoes I had in my closet no longer fit. My only option was a pair of oversized boots that did not fit, either. How could God permit this, I complained.

Then, God showed me a homeless man. His shoes were so worn out they no longer offered protection for the soles of his feet. He wore a smile anyway. How could I complain when I had boots that protected my feet and a home as well.

My second lesson was being thankful for my husband.
On the way home from work, my husband had forgotten to pick up a few items that were needed. I was frustrated. My list of to do’s was so long. How could he forget?

Then, God showed what I had to be grateful for. I received a message from a friend of mine who was going through a divorce from an abusive husband. How could I complain about my husband who is so unselfish? I could never repay him for all he does for me.

My third lesson was being thankful for my vehicle.
I had stopped at the grocery store. When I returned to my vehicle in the pouring rain, I extended the door but had difficulty reaching the door to close it because of my petite stature. I grumbled.

Then, God showed me an elderly woman walking in the relentless rain. She carried two bags of groceries and only had a newspaper to cover her head. How could I complain when I had a vehicle to keep me safe and dry.

The fourth lesson was being thankful for God’s provision of food and finances.
It was on my return home from the grocery store that I realized all my groceries had not made it to my vehicle. I did not have time to return to the store. How would I make what I planned for dinner? What an inconvenience!

Then, God showed me a piece of mail on the counter. The photo was of starving children in a third-world country. How could I complain when I had plenty of food and the finances to purchase more?

I am thankful for the provision of God – the things He blesses me with, as well as the way God speaks to me.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

In what ways can you be more thankful for what God has blessed you with? Have you thought about asking God to show you?

For more hope and posts like this, visit Dr. Bengtson’s website: or follow her on Facebook:

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.