As a horse ages its gums recede causing the teeth to look elongated. It appears the saying came about back in the 1500’s. Back then people actually gave horses as gifts. Some recipients of a horse gift would look at the horses gums to see if the horse was old and undesirable, (determined by the receding gums), or young and desirable. This practice of inspecting the horses mouth was considered ungrateful, thus the saying, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”
Sometimes we do that with God’s blessings don’t we? We cry out to God for a need only he can fill and when he answers that prayer we might disregard or completely miss the blessing, because it doesn’t look like the picture in our mind.
Abba, Father, Papa, may we always have your eyes to see your blessings for what they really are….your lovely gifts to us because you love us. May we see them through your eyes and not our own and may we always be grateful for what you provide. Amen.