The Gift — Part 1

The Gift — Part 1

I tug hesitantly at the luxurious loops of bow sheathing the box. It almost seems too good to be true, that promise of red satin cradling a pristine white box.

I did not expect this gift. Today feels quite ordinary — no birthday, no holiday, no special occasion to commemorate.

I have done nothing to deserve this gift; it makes me feel uneasy. Yet, I smile, slide the lid up and over to see mounds of fluffy white tissue paper. They shuffle off in anticipatory crinkles.

I remove layer after layer and find nothing. Perplexed, I turn to the Giver.

The present?

Letting go.

I cannot hide my disappointment. I’d rather have unwrapped Achievement. Action. Challenge.

I’d rather have been given anything but this… this call to stillness, silence, focus. This smallness terrifies my restless, ambitious soul.

I contemplate rest for my over-worked, over-worried soul {the one that never feels like it accomplishes enough, that never rests, that has never learned to accept grace}. And, as I replace my to-do’s with to-be’s, the blurred forms in front of me come into sharp focus.

They take my breath away.

My family, neighbors, friends, church members — those hurting and needing and living right in front of me. I am shocked to realize that all along, I’ve been looking at these relationships as a series of pesky tasks to be completed, so I could get on to The Next Thing.

But, what if the relationships — the to-be’s — were The Thing? What if they were the One Thing that really mattered?

Join me Friday for the rest of the story….


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  1. Oh friend, I KNOW that this isn’t easy…but I am SO proud of you that you are having an open and willing heart to follow God’s plan, even if it isn’t what you wanted. I imagine that by being obedient you will receive amazing blessings! So proud of you and blessed to know you and call you friend!
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  2. Robin Meyers :

    I am very intrigued to hear the rest of the story on Friday… 😉

  3. Beautiful, as always!!! And I’m cheering for you…in anything God leads you to. Follow Him, friend. Love you.
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