The Weight of Blessing
“Bless me, oh Lord! Bless me! Send me, blessings! Open up your floodgates, and pour out a blessing on me that I don’t have room enough to receive!”
Have you ever prayed that prayer?
Then, God does it. He answers. He opens up the floodgates and rains blessings on you like a hurricane. In the beginning, it’s wonderful. It feels great! You’re overwhelmed with gratitude that God is so good to you.
Then, shortly after the weight of the blessing sets in, you feel stressed. Maybe even overwhelmed. You feel like life just dealt you too much. You might even feel angry that you have so much on your plate.
But why!? You were just singing, Fred Hammond…”Blessed! Blessed! Blessed! Blessed! We’re blessed, we’re blessed, we’re blessed!”
And you are! Blessed.
But now, that you’ve come down off of your blessing high. Reality sets in. Blessings are not free. They came at a cost and that cost is responsibility.
I am blessed with a wonderful husband and marriage. But the responsibility in the Blessing requires my time, my love, my nurture, my affection.
I am blessed with a beautiful home. But the responsibility in the Blessing is the maintenance, the mortgage, the utility bills, etc.
I am blessed with an amazing baby! But the responsibility in the Blessing is around the clock care, teaching her how to be a woman, protecting her life, etc.
I have a really dope job. But the responsibility in the Blessing is showing up on time, working long hours, coming up with story ideas, maintaining relationships, and more.
Blessings are wonderful! Make no mistake God desires to bless us — but it comes at a cost. Sometimes the price feels heavy.
The heavier the cost, the more we have to lean on God. He knows the weight of the responsibility we carry. He is not surprised. He wants us to fully depend on Him to manage the Blessing He gave us.
I hope this gives you peace. The reason He gave it to you, is because He felt like he could trust you. God blesses you and for some expanded your territory because He knew, you were ready. He knew you got comfortable on your status quo and it was time for you to go to the next level. He wanted you to spread your wings and fly. He needed to give you more responsibility. So He blessed you.
I can honestly say I am truly blessed. This year in particular has been a banner year. My husband and I purchased our first home together and it’s PERFECT for us. Completely hand-picked by God but that’s a testimony for another blog post. We welcomed the MOST PERFECT baby girl, Miss. Lily Leigh Pope into the world. God opened a tremendous door in my career and I accepted an offer to work at NBC BOSTON last week, right before the clock strikes 2018.
Around the time I was about to give birth, my husband and I were really bumping heads. We were not seeing eye to eye on a lot of issues. Truth is, we were just feeling the weight of life. We had just closed on our house; we were faced with moving out of one place and into our new house. I was 8 months pregnant, we were preparing for a baby shower, the baby’s arrival, getting the house set up, and so on.
One of our great friends and spiritual counselors said to us, “you guys received a lot of blessings at the same time.” I had to pause right there…he was right. The perspective shift was a massive game changer for me. We were feeling weighed down by all of our blessings–but truth is we were feeling the weight of the responsibility. All of the blessings bestowed upon us came with their own set of responsibility. Some bigger than others. All of them handed down directly from God.
God did not give us these blessings to crumble under the weight of them. He desires for us to depend on Him to manage them. He wants us to bless others, give our testimony and grow through the process.
Do you feel stressed or weighed down? Is it possible you are actually really blessed and you feel the weight of responsibility on you?
Lean on God. Ask Him for what you need. Surrender to Him. He will help you.
Luke 14:28 says, “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?”
Blessings come at a cost. If God gave it to, it came with the provision and grace—the ability that pay the cost.
Trust God. He trusts you.