I have a bit of a confession. When my husband and I first met, he was not the best at buying gifts for me. Of course I was always grateful for the gestures, but he needed a little work in that department. Over the years it has gotten better. I can breathe easy and say that whenever gift giving times come, I enjoy the gifts more.
I know that I can’t be the only person. Have you ever experienced this? You see a beautiful box with a bow and you cannot wait to open it up. When you open it up to your surprise, the gift is not nearly as shiny or as beautiful as the box. You thought you would love the gift, but perhaps it would be best to return it to the sender. Quite possibly you have not experienced this tangibly, but how many times do we do this to God when He answers a prayer. Internally, we build a grand expectation of how this answered prayer should look, but when it does not come in the package that we expect it to, we completely reject it.
I’m definitely guilty. I’ve done this to God more than once. When I completed college, my expectation was that my next step should be to jump straight into the arena of business. I mean duh Jesus, I graduated with a degree in business! Then God had a whole other plan and told me to write a book. Prior to this, I never truly saw myself in this realm of writing books or blogs. On the other hand, I kept praying that God would show me His purpose and Will for my life. Can I tell you those prayers led to my unexpected answer. When God answered my prayer and presented in a package that was not to my liking, I had a choice to reject this gift or to accept it. Rather than argue with God, I understood that God’s gifts are perfect.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
– James 1:17
The reason my husband’s gifts got better overtime is because he got to know me better. In that, he grew to understand what I would like and what I would dislike. In this same way, Gods gifts to us are perfect because He knows each and every one of us perfectly. Not only does God know you now, but God knows who you will become in the next 5 years, 10 years, or even 20 years. When God decides to bless you, it’s not only to benefit you now, but to benefit you in the future.
Sorry to say, that was not the only time I almost gave up a gift that God gave me. More recently, God blessed my family with a beautiful home. When the opportunity came for the home, instantly I said I don’t think now is the time to get a home. It’s not that I did not want a home, it was just that I did not believe my husband and I would be able to afford and manage this size home. Plainly put, I was afraid. I prayed to God for a home with a specific amount of bedrooms, bathrooms, and style. God answered with a larger home with the same amount of bedrooms, bathrooms, and a bonus income property attached. Even in all of this, fear caused me to almost return to sender. In my comprehension, the packaging seemed too big for me. I’m so grateful that God changed my mind.
Why am I sharing all of this with you? I don’t want you to miss out on the wonderful blessings and gifts that God has planned for you. Know that Gods gifts do not always come in human size comprehension.
God may send you the ideal spouse in a package that you did not “prefer”, but that spouse is God blessing you for now and later. God may gift you with the opportunity and desire to relocate but it is not in a country that you want to live. God may give you a job that is not easy but that gift is meant to prepare you for your own business one day.
Whatever the gifts and opportunities that God is sending your way, I encourage you to embrace the gifts of God even when it does not look the part. Be sensitive to God, trust the path He is leading you on, and don’t be so quick to return to sender. Who knows? That one gift may change your whole entire life.
Until Next Time…
Be Strong, Be Courageous, Serve God Wholeheartedly