The Gift

I asked You for this, didn’t I, Lord?

You have been given a gift. What do you do with it? Do you open it right away, or sit and stare at it, examining every fold of paper? Typically, I would tear the paper off and open it with joyful expectation.

This time is different.

You asked me to do this, no matter what.

I have been given a gift. I feel like I am sitting in front of the fire, holding it, not knowing what to do with it. I prayed for it- but it didn’t look like I expected.

I told you to wait until he prayed.

I did. And then the gift arrived. Suddenly, unexpected and different.

My husband had a heart attack last Friday. It saved his life, answered my prayer, and changed us. It was the arrival of this gift.

I am giving you time. You are here, in this place, for such a time as this…

Everything feels like it has shifted. We are living in a new place, one created for us by the Father. We have been given a gift, one with a definite purpose. What do I do with it? I can’t tear open the paper this time. I have to sit and look at it, slowly opening each corner. This is too important to rush- I don’t want to miss a thing.

We have been given a gift. You and I are living in a time where people desperately need hope. Their pains and struggles are compounded by false reports and continued trials. Things just keep getting worse.

But God…

We have been given a gift. We have been placed here, in this time, in this place, for such a time as this. What are we going to do with it? Things keep getting worse, but not really. God knows what we need. He is answering our prayers- but sometimes it looks different.

What did you ask God for? What did you need more time to do? When that gift arrives, treasure every moment. My moments were hard. I wanted it to look different. Nevertheless, He knew what He was doing. If it had happened any other way, my husband might have died.

I still don’t know what is inside this gift, but I am eager to find out.

Let’s not waste another day waiting. There are things that need to be done now- people who need to be reached now. It’s time to open your gift!

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