|Classic gift box from Tiffany's|
I'd see the box I'd wrapped and think how I had wanted him to have those warm pyjamas or new slippers or new handkerchiefs. So, sometimes I'd take the gift, and say, "Daddy, you haven't opened your presents yet? Can I open this one for you?
"All right," he'd say, "but you really didn't need to give me anything."
I'd unwrap the gift and give the item to him, and he would seem pleased. He would always add, "But you really didn't have to give me anything."
I don't know why Daddy was reluctant to open the gifts he received. I just wish he would have enjoyed his gifts more. After all, they were gifts I wanted him to have.
I think we are sometimes like that about the gifts God wants us to have.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave...." (John 3:16)
How many gifts has He made available to us that we haven't even opened yet?
For God so loved the world, that He gave
His only begotten son, Jesus
Peace (John 14:27)
Every good and perfect gift (James 1:17)
And we have to open His gifts for ourselves.
Wisdom, knowledge, joy (Ecclesiastes 2:26)
Sleep (Psalm 127:2)
Keys to the kingdom (Matthew 16:19)
Power over evil (Luke 10:19)
Living water (John 4:10)
We even have the promise "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and he shall give you the desires of your heart," Psalm 37:4.
Let's receive the gifts God has for us with the joy and enthusiasm of a child on Christmas morning.
[The image gadget isn't coorperating with me today for me to label and size these adorable pics as I'd like. The first picture was graciously provided by Marisel Jarrin Kleppen of her little Jake. The second picture is of my children and grandchildren opening presents here on Christmas morning, 2011.]