Have you ever noticed sand in your suitcase? No matter how much you brush it off, leftover bits of travel hitchhike their way into luggage only to be found later. Blessings are much like granules of sand in a suitcase. They are tucked into the folds of life and discovered in the most unexpected places or times. They are the subtle gifts that life offers to ease a situation. Blessings nestle into the nooks and crannies of life and show up when you need them most.
A single grain of sand or blessing can go unnoticed, but where there is one, there are many. I once heard that there are as many stars in the sky as grains of sand on the Earth. Reasons to be thankful surpass all the sand that makes up all the beaches. You see, a single piece of sand isn’t much, but when is there ever a single piece? The same goes for blessings; tiny as they might be, they are there, and there is always more than one. The accumulation of sand makes a beach. A collection of blessings makes a life of gratitude as long as they are noticed and appreciated.
Each time you find sand in a suitcase, think of the unexpected gifts in your life. The ones that make a situation more bearable even though you didn’t realize it at the time. Relish all the little bits and blessings you can identify in a day. Know that those unplanned, seemingly insignificant moments are actually gifts the size of a grain of sand. The closer you look, the more of them you will see. Blessings are as easy to dismiss as sand in a suitcase, but they are far more valuable.