When we are truly blessed our happiness is independent of our circumstances. It is self-contained, meaning that regardless of what is happening to us externally, we can be truly happy internally. We can be genuinely blessed as followers of Jesus Christ living out the way He has called us to...even if the walls fall down, the earth shakes and everything we think is true about our world flips on its head.
(summarized, ripped apart, rewritten and probably remembered wrongly from a devotional I read on Harvest Ministries - but they are where I first read it so I credit them.)
Last year I learned what it meant first hand to be Blessed.
To be truly happy-
in the hardest places.
of if I got what I wanted
or what was 'right'
or even what 'should' be.
from if I was healthy or sick
tired or rested
cherished or forgotten.
Because it wasn't about what was happening in my world - my circumstances. It was all about my relationship and happiness in Christ.
Not that it was a sudden transition - like lightening - but a slow process more like the March melting of the thickest winter ice - where my hope transferred from a false place of trust ( in man) back to a rock solid foundation in the unshakable, unchanging Christ.
And I moved from the place of constantly focusing on the good and bad of the situation - to the awesome awareness of how truly Blessed I am at all times
Because of the One who is I Am.
And because I am very likely to forget and need the constant reminder....I have added Blessed to my left arm. Beloved on my right - Blessed on my left - I am hemmed in by truth and hold that amazing peace that surpasses all understanding.