I think of Spring Break as a great and mighty gift. A welcome respite from the ramp up that "school land" does every year about this time if you have kiddos that are 3rd grade and above. Perhaps your kiddo has no test anxiety and sails right through testing - that is a gift in and of itself, so be blessed! Perhaps you have the other flavor of kiddo that does NOT sail right through, and this time of year can be rather rough ~ be blessed as well. Why would this be? Because of the verse I am about to share. We all have "stuff" to deal with, but scripture is clear about the best "stuff" we receive. Actually, scripture goes even further to say this:
..."Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
This scripture came from James - Jesus' oldest brother who wrote these words to encourage dispersed peoples. I love the book of James. It is absolutely chock full of real, practical words of hope and encouragement. This verse is also chock full of those things...
It has 3 biggies to muse on:
1) Every good and perfect gift is from above ~ let's remember that the good stuff is actually given as a gift...not some of them "every" one of them
2) That gift didn't randomly appear ~ it is from God's own hand
3) The best part ~ and one I find very interesting in this verse, is that in my mind, as James was speaking to a dispersed people...people that had no good anchor at the moment....he made the simple statement that wrapped this verse up that God does not change. Unchanging. Wow.
How many people do you truly know that TRULY do not change - ever. I didn't think I knew one. But know what? I do! God. He does not change.
So, with the rougher stuff that may come your way...look for the good gifts in your life. And pause to think of just Who, gave you that gift!