It is March and close to St Patrick’s Day. We hear people say, “Luck of the Irish to you.” We see little Leprechauns, and four leaf clovers and we hear about kissing the blarney stone for good luck and looking for a pot of gold under the rainbow.
These are all fun things and we enjoy being Irish for one day. As long as we know this is for fun and there are no such things as leprechauns who bring us good luck, or as long as we know four leaf clovers are just that four leaf clobbers and looking for a pot of gold under a rainbow really? And kissing a stone upside down just to receive some good luck?
I remember hearing about the four leaf clover as a child. We lived out on a farm and I can remember sitting in the yard sometimes looking for four leaf clovers. I was wanting a bit of good luck for who knows what. I remember finding one or two. Did it bring me good luck? Apparently not; my life never changed dramatically. The only luck I had was I was busy trying to find the four leaf clover and that kept me from getting into trouble or doing something I shouldn’t be doing or picking on my brothers and sister.
I am often reminded of people who carry lucky charms around with them. I am fascinated what people carry around with them. We all know about the rabbit’s foot lucky charm. I am thinking it wasn’t too lucky for the rabbit if he had to give up his foot. I used to watch game shows and the things people took to the show for good luck; children’s pictures, ticket stubs, or a lucky card. I honestly believe people thought these things would bring them good luck.
Over 200,000 people visit the Blarney stone each year. I was reading online and found out that over 2 million people visit the Dead Sea and a half a million visit the Jordan River where Jesus is baptized. It gives me comfort to know more people visit the Dead Sea and the Jordan River than those who kiss the blarney stone.
Then there is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Who wouldn’t like a pot of gold? I can honestly say I wouldn’t mind a pot of gold. But, would a pot of gold really make us happy? How many of us have known people who have won the lottery and they are some of the unhappiest people around? I have heard of a family that won a big time lottery and a few years later filed for bankruptcy. I have heard families are often torn apart by the sudden appearance of much money. I have heard of people who go to casinos and will sit for hours and hours putting a coin into a machine hoping for the big payout. If they only knew God was their big pay out they could move on to other more productive things.
So what are my thoughts on all of this lucky Irish tradition? I think it is fun and its fun being Irish for one day. I don’t put stock in lucky charms. I put my stock in knowing God is with me and He will take care of me.
I no longer spend my summers sitting in the yard searching for four leaf clovers. Instead I spend my time searching the scriptures for God’s word and His guidance. I’d much rather be reading His word and putting my faith in him than a four leaf clover. Like I said earlier finding a four leaf clover never changed my life, but finding Christ has certainly made a positive impact on my life.
I carry a frog around with me. It is NOT a lucky charm. I use it as a reminder to fully rely on God. I have often had people say to me, “Oh, so your frog is your lucky charm?” I am quick to tell them no. I often get the chance then to tell them it is a reminder to fully rely on God; one who is a bit more trustworthy than a rabbit’s foot.
I have played games in the past where we played with dice. I have seen people actually blow on dice to bring them good luck. You often see shows of people gambling in a casino and they are blowing on the dice before they roll them. Now, I am not sure what the significance is of blowing on dice, but the few times I have done it, nothing happens. Does my breath hold some magical powers? I don’t think so. So, for me to travel to Ireland to kiss the blarney stone seems foreign to me. Now, given the opportunity I might do it for fun, but I certainly wouldn’t take it seriously as I fear some people do who visit there and kiss the stone. If I was given the choice I would much rather bow down and kiss the hand of Jesus than to kiss a stone.
We often see leprechauns with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. When I look upon a rainbow I am not one to see if I can see a leprechaun or a pot of gold. When I see a rainbow I am reminded of this scripture, “And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (Genesis 9:12-16) My pot of gold is found in the scriptures. I can open my Bible everyday and find treasures.
We all want to be blessed by finding a four leaf clover, or kissing the blarney stone or finding a pot of gold, but I am here to share with you today God wants to bless us. He will bless us, but it won’t be in a four leaf clover or kissing a stone, or receiving all the money anyone wants. He blesses us with His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness and best of all He blesses us with His unconditional love.
Having luck means something happened by accident or just by coincidence or by chance. When we believe in God things happen according to His will not by chance and not by accident. When we receive blessings from God it isn’t by accident but His Divine will for our lives. God doesn’t use lucky charms to bless us; He doesn’t need to. He blesses us in Spirit, Words and Deeds.
Seek the Lord and allow His blessings to come and flow through you.
Dear Lord, thank you for the blessings you have bestowed on me. I realize I don’t need to try to grab on to a little leprechaun for me to receive good luck. I need to grab on to you and all you have for me. I am so thankful my treasure comes in the form of Your words to me. These things can be fun, help me not to take any of these or any other lucky charms too seriously. Remind me
Dear Lord, thank you for the blessings you have bestowed on me. I realize I don’t need to try to grab on to a little leprechaun for me to receive good luck. I need to grab on to you and all you have for me. I am so thankful my treasure comes in the form of Your words to me. These things can be fun, help me not to take any of these or any other lucky charms too seriously. Remind me it’s all about the blessings you have for me. Bless me today according to your will as I seek to honor you in all I do. Amen.