It was a heavy box. In fact, my brother had difficulty carrying it in from the car and placing it under the Christmas tree. It was a gift for my husband from my mom.
We take turns opening up our Christmas gifts. In my husband's family, the custom is to have one person open up all of their gifts with everyone watching before moving on to the next person. I like our family custom a bit better. The first person opens up one gift. Then it is the next person's turn to open up one of their gifts and so on. My mother said her gift to my husband had to be the very last gift opened. It's a good thing is was.
When he opened the box, it was filled with styrofoam peanuts. He thrust his hands in, expecting to find something but found nothing up some bricks lining the bottom of the box. Puzzled, he looked up at my mom who flashed him a wicked grin and told him to look harder but whatever he did, do NOT dump the peanuts into the trash. Be careful!
He started to dig, carefully moving and dumping peanuts into another box. A dollar bill came into view. Then he saw a five dollar bill. Oh, there was a twenty dollar bill and another couple of ones! He looked up at my mother who laughed and said, "Don't stop... there's more!"
Bit by bit, chunk by chunk, the pile of money next to my husband grew larger and larger. He glared at me as I reached out to grab it. I hastily told him I was merely holding onto it while he dug and I was going to sort it as the bills were of multiple denominations. He gave me "the look" before continuing his treasure hunt.
He ended up more than several hundred dollars richer that day. My mother, knowing our situation, thought this would be a fun way to bless my husband and she was right.
There are at least two things I would like you to take away from this little story. First of all, though it may appear at first glance that we are holding but an illusion of a box that is full, in reality, "God's Box of Blessings" is very valuable and rich. We may not see all those blessings when we first open it up. In fact, we may have to dig around a bit. "Here's a small one over here. Oh, there's one that's a little bigger and look! Here's a great big one!"
Secondly, we must persevere. When my mother told my husband to keep on digging, he believed what she said and obeyed her. What would have happened if he did not do that? He would not have received his gift. It was there, ready for the taking but he had to take possession of it. If he did not have faith in her words, he may have even become angry, picked up the box and thrown it into the trash bin, never realizing he had just thrown away a treasure.
The promises of God are true and His blessings are abundant. We must take Him at His Word and walk by faith rather than by sight. The problem is, we don't want to do that. We want to dictate what God gives us as well as the time and method of delivery. We dream of things which we believe will make us happy here on earth but God is not interested in our little dream world. Instead He wants to enrich our reality by teaching us that we can trust Him... no matter what!
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P.S. I can't remember if I told you that Chris Caine is going to be at our church the end of January. You will have to watch her online!
Let's see, it looks like your times would be Sunday, January 26th at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. On Monday, January 27th you can catch her live at 2:45 a.m. and 4:14 a.m. Hmm...if you decide to "go", let me know when and I will "go" with you.