The Black Envelope

My pastor is currently doing a sermon series called "I didn't ask for this!" The title of last week's sermon was "The Black Envelope". While listening to the sermon, I found myself remembering the day I was given a black envelope with the word "cancer" written on it in large unfriendly-looking letters. I wanted to write, "wrong addressee" or "undeliverable" on it and send it back to wherever it had come from. Or write "REFUSED!" and send it back to where it came from, unopened.

Sigh... there was no mistake. This envelope was meant for me. I not only had to keep it, I had to open it and see what was inside. I didn't like that idea one bit but God was quite clear about it. This envelope and what it contained was for me.

There is a popular myth that is claims that God's people never get "black envelopes". This simply is not true. As the children of Adam and Eve, we all have black envelopes with our name written on them and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes over the course of our lifetime. Regardless of their shape, size and weight, they have one thing in common. They are all black envelopes.

No one ever wants to open a black envelope. We prefer large colorful packages that are beautifully wrapped, packages that cause people to look at us wistfully with admiration or even envy. We want packages that everyone else wants. We don't want what no one else wants.

I remember when I got the black envelope marked cancer. I didn't want to open it up but asking God to help me, I did and when I opened it, I didn't find what I expected. I expected death and instead found a deeper and richer life than I had ever known. God was going to take me to new heights and new depths. He was going to teach me some powerful lessons and introduce me to some amazing people. He was going to stretch my faith as it had never been stretched before and give me a new appreciation of not only life but of people and most of all... of Him.

When life hands you a black envelope, take that black envelope to God and open it. Put it into His hands and watch Him transform the contents in ways you could have never imagined.

Blessings!

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Sarah Vm @godissogood ·

Lovely way to express it.
We get the best gifts from God, some of them wrapped up in the most unappealing ways. I can think of a few envelopes I would have marked as return to sender given the choice - thereby missing out on some of the most valuable experiences, and closeness to God. Can also think of a few perfect-looking packages I tore open to find the worst kinds of gift, big or small. These envelopes are not from God. Sadly, sometimes they are the gifts we ordered for ourselves in a bout of folly.
Enjoyed reading and thinking about this blog, thank you. I'm glad that there was Good News in that black envelope of yours :bearhug:
God bless,
Sarah

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Beth M @blest ·

Excellent blog, excellent analogies - in your blog and in Sarah's comment! :clap:

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John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

I agree with he blog and the two comments above.

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Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

"I remember when I got the black envelope marked cancer. I didn't want to open it up but asking God to help me, I did and when I opened it, I didn't find what I expected. I expected death and instead found a deeper and richer life than I had ever known. God was going to take me to new heights and new depths. He was going to teach me some powerful lessons and introduce me to some amazing people. He was going to stretch my faith as it had never been stretched before and give me a new appreciation of not only life but of people and most of all... of Him."

I am always amazed and blessed at what God has done for and through you, K! Your testimonies of His unwavering faithfulness have been, and remain, a consistent blessing.

Thank you for sharing this. I too echo my agreement with all of the above comments.

God bless!

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