The Only Safe Way to Look Back

“What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits to me?” 
Psalm 116:12

The Christian, as he journeys onwards in the pathway of life, 
ought frequently to look back, 
and standing, as it were, on the shadowy side of the hill, 
review the way by which God has led him. 
If we would keep alive our gratitude-
if we would have it to increase more and more, until, 
like a holy flame, it burns within us–
we must often, 
in thought, 
retrace the varied turnings and windings of our earthly pilgrimage. 
We are so prone, amid our daily duties and our converse with the world, 
to forget and overlook the benefits received
that only by a careful and frequent retrospect, 
can we continue, 
from day to day, 
cherishing a spirit of true and ever-increasing thankfulness to God. 
But, the oftener we make the review, 
the greater cause will we have for saying, with David, 
“Who am I, O Lord God, 
and what is my father’s house, 
that you have brought me hitherto?”
 The only safe way to look back is remembering all the benefits we have received from God’s hands. It is safe to stop frequently, and carefully look back to count all the benefits we have received from our Heavenly Father, unmerited benefits,flowing from the throne of grace.
Today I am looking back with a grateful heart, and I will try to do the impossible, count His endless gifts…as I stand in awe at His amazing grace.

637. Lettuce grown in my friend’s garden. Delicious!
638. Tears and hope.
639. Friends sending virtual flowers.
640. Lesson plans ready.
641. Dinner with friends.
642. My children encouraging my husband and I to go out on a date.
643. Being able to laugh.
644. Breathing.
646. Catching hurting birds, and helping them get well.
647. Holding a baby in my arms. So tiny, so perfect, so wonderfully made! 

648. A loving son.

649. More beautiful conversations with my daughter.
650. The story behind the hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.
651. Loving friends, lovely company.

“O God, 
endue me with a spirit of true and pious gratitude 
for all Your benefits
–temporal and spiritual; 
maintain and increase the same in my heart. 
Grant me the blessing of a thankful spirit, 
and dispose me ever to take delight in Your service.”
Look back and count your many, undeserved, blessings…

4 thoughts on “The Only Safe Way to Look Back

  1. Becky, your posts always give me pause to stop and give thanks to God in everything. This was beautiful. I loved the whole of it and I loved the pictures, too! What an amazing gift you have! I am blessed to call you my friend and sister!


  2. Oh yes, Becky! How can we possibly count all of His loving sovereign acts towards us who believe! There just aren’t any words, but ‘groanings’ for His marvelous deeds… to us who say, “Who am I, Lord?” Thank you for this beautiful reminder for us to count all that the Father has brought- is to be viewed and remembered, like a burning flame, with humble gratitude! Amen! Bless you!


  3. Becky,
    Thank you for the the pictures and the poetry once again reminding me of all his good gifts.
    Beauty speaks – thank you.
    I was reading Psalm 125, it talked about just this, I love your list of Memory stones.
    Have a great day.


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