by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Of all the gifts I’ve received one stands out—maybe because it was unexpected, unusually wrapped, and something I’d never seen before.
My father had a whimsy about him. At a time when money was tight and the gifts my parents gave were utilitarian, my father found a way to give me a special gift I needed.
One Christmas morning I stared at an enormous industrial-sized buff-colored bag leaning next to our tree. The bag was almost as tall as I was. There was no name on the bag. It could have been for any of us.
After all the gifts were opened except for the gigantic bag, I asked who it was for.
When my father said it was mine, I rushed to the bag. Expecting to find a gigantic doll house or super sized doll, I ripped at the staples that held the bag closed.
But the bag wasn’t heavy enough to hold a doll house or large doll.
Not knowing what was inside, I stuck my hand in as far as it could go and found nothing.
I laid the bag on the floor, crawled inside, and bumped into something furry. Which caused me to scream.
When my father picked up the bag and turned it over, the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen fell out: a large black and brown fake-fur hat with pompoms at the end of the ties that would hold the hat on.
Thinking about God’s indescribable gift our heavenly Father gave the world more than 2,000 years ago, some might say that although the Messiah’s birth had been predicted, it was still unexpected. Because of the unusual way God wrapped his Gift, some found it difficult to accept. Nothing like God’s gift of his Son had been seen before.
Yet this special Gift was needed.
To receive the unexpected and much needed gift my father gave me, I had to look beyond its unusual wrapping, open it, accept it, and put it on.
Just as with my furry hat, we have to open God’s indescribable gift, accept it, and put it on before it becomes ours.
Have you ever been surprised by a gift wrapped in an unusual package?
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Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV)
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