"They had...many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day."
– Alma 37:40
Several years ago, during one deathly hot and sticky summer, my husband was asked to give the invocation in our worship service one Sunday at church. During my husband's prayer, he thanked Heavenly Father for the air conditioning that kept the building so comfortable. Amazingly, you could hear giggles all through the chapel, like he had just said something embarrassing!
As my husband left the podium and headed back towards our seats, the bishop's counselor, who was conducting the meeting that day, stood and said, "I for one am extremely grateful for the air conditioning in this building." He then went on to explain that he had recently returned from a short deployment to Afghanistan. He was a surgeon, and his job required him to perform surgeries in an un-air-conditioned, unventilated tent, with stifling temperatures in the 100's, and insects buzzing around. It was one of the more unsanitary situations he had had to work in, and it made him more and more grateful for the small miracles in life we have become accustomed to.
What miracles does God bless you with day by day in your home? Central air-conditioning? Central heating? Electric appliances in your kitchen? Water running to different rooms? A home with walls that are not made of plywood? A floor not made of dirt? A kitchen filled with food?
What about your family? Are you one of those blessed women who has a husband to nurture and confide in? Are you blessed with the physical ability to give birth to children? Do you have a loving relationship with your parents?
I watched a news program once that interviewed a woman in Iraq. The reporter asked the woman, What are your biggest priorities in taking care of your family? She said the top three concerns were her children's education, getting enough nutritious food for them, and making sure they survive illness and disease.
OK, I have to say that NONE of these are majorly big concerns in my life. I live in an area with terrific public schools and educators for my children, and we have SO much food in the house and at the store I have to be careful to not get fat. And surviving?? Well, 99.999% of children I know survive. With incredibly sanitary living conditions and medical care available practically everywhere, survival isn't even an issue.
What marvelous miracles these are! God is SO generous to me and my family, that sometimes I don't even recognize the generosity anymore. And I should.
Take this moment today to recognize the miracles God sends to you, day by day by day.