Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17
“Who doesn’t love getting presents?” Renee folded her sandwich bag and placed it in her carry-all. “I mean…a present! How can she just sit there and never be vaguely inclined to open it?”
Beth grabbed her soft drink can and swiped the table with a damp paper towel. “Who knows. Arial has always been a little, uh…well, odd.”
“That gift has sat on her desk for a week and she’s never bothered to even touch it. I heard her boyfriend wants to marry her. It’s probably an engagement ring.” Renee held out her hand as if she were sporting a huge diamond. “One thing is for sure. She’ll never know what goodies lie in wait until she opens the package.
How many times have we had beautiful packages placed before us that we never open. The best answer would be “rarely.” Most of us can hardly wait to open any gift placed within our reach. It’s not unusual to lift it gently then offer a slight shake. Our ear goes flat against the package and our heart nearly stops while we await any possible sound. The average person loves opening gifts.
So, how is it that we’ve been given the most wonderful gift in the world, yet many refuse to open it? Our Father offered His Son as a living sacrifice. He gave Him to us wrapped in the beauty of His love, and this gift was free of charge. Some rip straight into the paper to get to the prize, taking hold of the joy they have received. Still, others never glance twice at the box – never curious, never interested at what they may be passing by.
The love of Christ came to us tightly clad in the beauty of the Father. Many will never know the immense fulfillment that lies inside the box, simply because they refuse to open it. By tearing open the paper and looking inside, one will find peace, hope and the presence of the Father. What a gift to enjoy. The contents of this box bring new meaning to the adage, “Thinking outside of the box.” Won’t you open your gift? Wouldn’t you love to know what awaits you? The Father stands waiting for you to unwrap the paper.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son.