Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me.

As the world looks upon me, as I struggle along
They say I have nothing, but they are so wrong
In my heart I’m rejoicing, how I wish they could see
Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me

There’s a roof up above me
I’ve a good place to sleep
There’s food on my table
And shoes on my feet
You gave me your love Lord
And a fine family
Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me

Now I know I’m not wealthy, and these clothes , they’re not new
I don’t have much money, but Lord I have you
And to me that’s all that matters, though the world cannot see
Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me

As a child I sang this song in church with my sisters and friends. Though I loved it and I meant every word as I belted them out as a young child, I really never understood the meaning of this song. Being raised in America in a middle class family the idea of not having a roof over my head, or shoes on my feet, or food on my table was a foreign concept. Something I could not wrap my mind around, something that was not real to me. But just because I couldn’t relate to these particular things did not make me ungrateful for all that Jesus had done for me, nor did it make me NOT rely on God… or so I thought.

As I sit here in Africa, singing this song to my son every night as I rock him to sleep I am beginning to truly understand the words of this song. Each day as we drive through the streets of Uganda I see these amazing people going about their day  to day lives. People who love God with a passion that I have never seen. And people who understand this song to the fullest. This is the song that plays through my head as I watch them. Many of these amazing people wake up every day with the reality of not having a roof over their head, or question whether they will have food on their table that day, or appreciate the one pair of shoes that they own and have on their feet. Somehow though, this reality does not make them depressed or downhearted, it instead makes them totally relient on God and full of Joy!

The Sunday that we attended Watoto the Children’s Pastor spoke and she preached from Deuteronomy  28, and this is what she read…

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: 

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lordyour God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”

As she read these words I realized how relevant this passage was to the people of Uganda, and how irrelevant it was to me as an American. To be very honest with you, as an American so much of my reliance is on myself and what I can do to further my life, and not on God. Though I say I rely on God and I really do try and live my life relying on God, I do not understand relying on God the way many of the Ugandans do. They rely on God to supply their next meal. I rely on God to fix the big things (cancer, sick children, etc). That reliance on God has given these people such a sweet joy that can’t be explained. A joy that I long to have and live with each day. A joy that only comes from living in total reliance on our heavenly Father.

So when I return to America and I rock my baby to sleep each night singing the words

“…but Lord I have you. And to me that’s all that matters, though the world cannot see, Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me”

May I truly live these words, and never forget the amazing people of Uganda who taught me this incredible lesson and brought these words to life for me.

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3 thoughts on “Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me.

  1. April, You are so right as Americans we only rely on God to fix our Big Issues and we take for granted that for most people in America your next meal is not a Big Issue like it is in Africa. If everyone fully turned to God for everything in their lives imagine how this country would be. Thank you for your words it was very thought provoking

  2. WOW! Can’t see to type for the tears. I remember singing that with you guys (and not truly understanding the meaning – we all wanted for nothing). God has blessed us in ways that we will never know. Praying for you guys every day. Always reach out and claim EVERYTHING that God has for you…..♥

  3. This is beautiful. I’m so thankful that it was God’s plan for you to travel to Africa and learn this valuable lesson with your sweet boy in your arms. Who would have imagined as children singing this song the plans that God would have for each of us? His blessings are beautiful and abundant… even when they don’t look like we’d imagined they would. Love you…

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