Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 11, 2018

Unwrapping The Gift

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James1:17 (NIV)

Don’t you just love being on the receiving end? You know unwrapping presents or having someone treat you to lunch. Have you ever found yourself on the receiving end of a gift you didn’t like? Perhaps it was a purple scarf a friend knitted to match the red mittens she gave you last year. Even better, how about the blender you got from your husband on your monumental birthday? Regardless, we grinned and said thank you even though our hearts longed for something else.

Found myself there the other day – God handed me a gift, and it was one I really didn’t want. He had especially picked this out for me, yet my reluctance spoke volumes. He allowed it to happen and believe it or not, He wouldn’t take any returns. It was mine regardless of my lack of desire or enthusiasm to unwrap it.

Wouldn’t we all rather have the sparkling diamond than a bottle of cleaner to make our windows sparkle? Yet God in His sovereignty extends gifts to us that buff out the rough spots and enable us to shine as women of God who glorify His name. His purpose isn’t centered on our comfort levels, but rather His divine plan to transform us from the dullness of this world into a sparkling reflection of His character.

What gift are we unwrapping this week? Is it the gift of discouragement which can teach us how to lift our eyes above our circumstances? Is it the gift of patience which reminds us to not force our timetable on anyone? Is it the gift of suffering designed to teach us the value of life and seizing every moment? Perhaps it’s a gift we have attempted to unwrap on several occasions and cast aside only to find He keeps giving it back. Regardless, God has entrusted all gifts – easy or hard – into our hands. The choice is ours. How will we respond?

“Father, thank You for the gifts that transform our lives to shine for You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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