The Right Time For Blessings
Ask anybody, and most will agree that if they won the lottery tonight, their lives would be a whole lot better. For some people that may be true, but certainly not for all, and studies suggest that winning the lottery would not make most of us any happier in the long run than we are right now. Even more shocking are the numerous stories about lottery winners whose lives were destroyed as a result of their big win. For all who pray to win the lottery, after reading Jack Whittaker’s story, we might just thank God for that unanswered prayer.
Whittaker won the $315 million Powerball jackpot in 2002; at the time, it was the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket. Yet, in the ensuing years, Whittaker was plagued with a series of misfortunes and tragedies. He was robbed on numerous occasions and faced numerous legal problems. But nothing compared to the personal tragedies that shook his family. In 2007, Jack’s granddaughter died of a drug overdose, and then his daughter was found dead in 2009 under similar circumstances. At the time of his granddaughter’s death, Whittaker told reporters that he wished he had never won the lottery. Later on he told reporters that he wished he had torn up the winning ticket.
The lesson is clear — blessings can only be enjoyed when we are ready to receive them. Too much at the wrong time could lead to the opposite of what we desired in the first place.
To those who know about agriculture, the answer is obvious. Certainly a lack of rain in the seasons when rain is most needed will have adverse effects on crops. But it is also true that too much rain in the wrong season can also harm the corps. The ideal conditions for the best crops would be to have the right amount of rain in the right season.
It works the same way with our blessings. We need the right amount at the right time in order to thrive. Too little might hurt us, but so will too much in the wrong season. You might be going through a dry season right now, but that may be the ideal situation to yield your maximum benefits. So when we pray, we should pray that our blessings come in abundance — but only in the right way and in the right season. (D.J.Saker)