Opening My Eyes to Unexpected Blessings
November 3, 2018
My smartphone, an iPhone 5 had been dysfunctional for about six months. I purchased it used three years ago and it had been good up until April of this year. First, voiceover would not turn on and as someone who is blind since birth, I rely on devices to talk in order for me to use them. I figured out a fix, I used a headphone and then I could use the device with speech. This worked for a few months up until a couple of weeks ago when the connection for charging and the headphone became dysfunctional.
My dad purchased an iPhone 6 off of eBay about five months ago but did not want to switch over to using a smartphone just yet. He came to visit in July and brought it with him. He knew I have an old iphone that is dysfunctional and so he gave me his iPhone 6 before he left. I kept it on the shelf, not yet willing to use it, and partly wanting to trade it in with some cash for an iPhone 7.
Personally, I like the number 7. The iPhone X came out two months ago, and the iPhone 8 came out last year. I was hoping the iPhone 7 price has gone down. I went to the mobile phone store and found out the value of my iPhone 6 was $45, and they were selling an iPhone 7 for $550 which is a bit out of my budget right now.
There in that moment I knew I had to switch over to the iPhone 6 because my 5 was not working anymore. The 5 was not charging and voiceover was not working either. I was not about to sell the 6 for $45. The 6 has been working fine the last few days and it is nice finally to have things functional. I have paused to reflect a few times that the 6 was just sitting on the shelf for three months just because I wanted a 7 and was not willing to switch over to the 6.
A side lesson here is that because my 5 now had become so dysfunctional that I could not back anything up that was on my phone. I lost my applications, contacts, and songs. All this because I had not switched over to the 6 three months ago when I received it.
A Scripture comes to mind”:
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Sometimes God has blessings for us that we are not fully aware of because we are focused on other things. I cannot turn back time and change the past. There would be so many moments that I would want to change.
What I can do is try to be aware of the present, and ask for God’s wisdom to be more aware of what He is doing and showing.
What unexpected blessings might you be not aware of today?
Father in Heaven, thanks so much for the many ways You have shown kindness, even ways that we cannot see at times. Looking back sometimes we have missed opportunities of unexpected blessings. Please help us to be more aware of those things that we cannot see.