I remember back a couple years.. to my teens…
(okay so I’m using couple of years loosely)
I was at a friend’s house for a party.
It was close to Christmas and her mother had dozens of gifts under their tree.
I was mesmerized by the intricate way her mom had carefully wrapped each one.
I had never seen anything like it.
She had beautiful bows, with designer paper and homemade cards on each package.
It obviously made an impression on me!
I remember thinking how much fun it would be to receive one of those gifts!
The contents may not have been all that special but the exterior looked perfect!
Have you ever received a gift that was so beautifully wrapped you didn’t want to open it because it would ruin the wrapping paper?
Or maybe you just had to turn the gift over looking at it for awhile before you messed it up.
I have received gifts like that! Gifts that were so beautiful I could tell that I had been given something special. A gift that made my heart sing.
Some of these gifts came in forms of paper and cardboard.
But the best gifts I have been given have come to me as people.
Holding my husband’s hand is a gift.
Knowing that he is committed to staying with me (cause… I’ll follow him if he leaves)
Those little people that came from my body…Wow! What a magnificent gift!
And my family and friends have given me the priceless gift of not having to walk through life without a shoulder to cry on or someone to laugh with.
These are the gifts that I cherish and recognize as God’s blessing on me.
I feel he is smiling when I open these packages.But lately I have been thinking about this…
I always tell my kids that God is the giver of all gifts. And all his gifts are good.
But sometimes it’s hard to see that it’s truly a gift because the package doesn’t look all that pretty.
I mean seriously,
Who wants to get a diamond in a brown paper bag?
And at times you may even have to scrape the mud off and polish the stone in order to see the shine.
I am starting to recognize that although I may not have picked this particular package it is still God’s gift to us.
For some reason he wants to give it to us.The question then becomes am I willing to receive all Gods gifts as good gifts?
Lately, as I have slowing been unwrapping some of his packages,
I have realized what a gem he has given me.
I see it in little ways.
Like when I see myself relating to someone who I never understood before.
Or when I feel God closer and I see myself more clearly.
When I recognize that something new he has brought me, although painful, is truly what I needed.
I’m starting to get it.
And Oh My.
It’s a gift!
I am beginning to see that some of God’s finer gifts can come in Brown paper Bags.
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I love those “little” gifts you share at the end; such beautiful gifts that add so much to our awareness of all the blessings God provides. This post reminds me to remember the humble packages many blessings come in… like Christ having been here on earth in the form of a limited, humble man! You are so right about these fine gifts!
Yes..Jesus the greatest package of all! Merry Christmas Caroline!
Holley Gerth says
Oh, it makes me so happy to see your lovely face here this morning, Rose! YOU are a gift–thank you for sharing with us!
Holley..I can Say the same thing about you! You have encouraged me through your sweet spirit and Kind heart! I loved meeting you! I hope your Christmas Is filled with wonderful sweet gifts from His hand!
I Live in an Antbed says
Or in a grubby, smelling stable and manger.
I agree, that sometimes His most precious gifts to me don’t necessarily come off my Wish List. But, in His all consuming Love, His desire is to always be making me more into the image of Jesus. And that is His best gift to Me.
Merriest of Christmases!
Yes. He is the best gift indeed! Merry Christmas to you too!
“…a grubby, smelling stable and manger.”
Yes. And amen.
Beautifully said! We have been given the best gift of all and oddly enough, it’s beautiful despite the blood that flows forth to cover us. Thank you for your lovely words today!
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Merry Christmas ♥ Mel
Thank you Mel! I will indeed come visit you! Merry Christmas!