“Blessings” by Laura Story
I absolutely love this song. It makes me cry every time I hear it because I believe these words to be true. “What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near.” I have probably had a thousand sleepless nights because of CFS and Fibro and have often found myself crying out in the night to Him. Trials are not easy, but it is these times that fulfill a purpose in our lives that we cannot humanly understand.
In an ongoing effort to keep a grateful spirit, I have kept a mental list of things I am thankful for as a direct result of having chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia in my life. For the sake of this particular blog, I sat down and actually took the time to list them on paper. In just a few minutes, I came up with fifty things that I am grateful for as a result of this illness. Fifty!!! I didn’t realize there were that many “blessings” out of the raindrops of CFS or fibro. I knew there were some, but I was actually surprised at how many I came up with. Maybe sometime I will share that list with you, but for now I would like to issue a challenge. Challenge yourself to list the “blessings” that have come out of your illness. I think for those of us who have had this syndrome for years, it might be easier to see the positives, but for those you who are newly diagnosed it might be more difficult to come up with many or even ANY. The days can seem so dark, so lonely, so desperate. I know because I’ve been there. Grieving the old life we used to have is a process and can be filled with a lot of depression and ungratefulness. I get it. It’s OK to acknowledge the negative feelings, but don’t abandon the blessings. Yes, there are blessings. Keep looking.
My encouragement to you today is to listen to the words of this song and visualize the blessings in your life that have come from the raindrops and tears. What a precious talent God has given to Laura Story, the composer of this song. I am grateful for her ministry. It has touched me. I hope it has encouraged you today. Now, go list your CFS and/or fibromyalgia blessings. If you are in a particularly dark place right now, challenge yourself to think of just one. ONE. Perhaps, it’ll give you a new perspective.
Care to share one of your blessings with us in the comments?