Ephesians 3:20-21 (New International Version)
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.
In the early years of the 1900s, a couple moved from North Carolina to Oklahoma. There they farmed a small piece of land.
Truth be told, they lived mighty poorly for a good number of years. That all changed when a stranger drove up on their property and took a sample of their water. I'm not sure what he found, but it wasn't too much later that another stranger showed up and offered to buy their farm at an unbelievable price
Before long, a high-producing oil well was located between the house and the barn. Reminiscing, the old farmer said, "To think that we slaved here for all those years and all that time we had a fortune under our doorstep and we didn't know about it."
Now, I'm not going to suggest we all ought to go out and dig in our backyard for oil. Life doesn't work that way -- at least not very often.
But I do suggest that the Lord, who gave His Son to save us, may have also given unrecognized fortunes to many of us.
Perhaps your unrecognized fortune is a spouse who has given faithfully without getting much in return. Perhaps your unrecognized fortune is an unexpectedly kind place of employment. Maybe it is in the form of children who respect you, or a church that appreciates you.
Most of us have fortunes right outside our back doors or under our roofs. That is why we should take the time to be thankful for those hidden fortunes we have in our life.
Dear Lord we pray that we would always be thankful for the things that we have. Help us not take them for granted. In Jesus’ name, Amen.