Unexpectedly. Delightfully. Abundantly.
That’s how He gives. Over and above. From His heart of love. Always more than we can imagine.
Sometimes His gifts come after long, hard hours of prayer.
Gifts can come wrapped in tears, too, but always for our eventual good.
Other times, though, He send us gifts that surprise us with joy.
And He gives because it is His nature to gift us with good things.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
And He reminded me recently that He is always eves dropping on my heart — just like He is on yours — in the very dearest way.
For many Christmases on the street where I lived for 22 years in the old house on the hill I was a single mom who always wanted to deck the house in lights but never quite was able to get it done on my own.
Across the street is a family who each year dress the towering pine in their front yard with miles of lights. Every night as I would turn in alone I would gaze out my bedroom window at that sparkling sight as the last thing before turning in and thank God for my tree. The one I was unable to provide for myself.
He gave the vision of this tree as eyewitness proof of His unending love and tenderness towards me. And I held it in my heart as a treasured, special gift.
Then we moved this summer into a sweet little loft owned by a darling couple, friends of ours.
And as Christmas drew near I grew a smidge sentimental, missing my tree on Tor. So we drove by one night after dark and the lights were all sparkly like His stars above.
Giving thanks again for a sweet gift through so many years this tree gave me a glimpse of God, a light of love shining down from heaven.
But God, He always outdoes Himself in lavishing love on His children.
Just the other night my breath caught in my throat as my heart skipped and then opened to receive yet another blessing.
In the frosty window of my new bedroom glowed a vision of another towering tree twinkling lights of many colors in the dark, providing a warm glow in the cold. Our friends in whose house we live have put their 13-foot Christmas tree out on the deck due to pine allergies.
Right where I can see it every night before bed.
For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
“And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
Luke 1: 49-50
And this tale of two trees twirls itself around my heart for this is what He does.
This great and mighty God who hears my every whisper even when I don’t think I am praying. Who knows my heart better than I do. Who loves me — and you — more than I can ever imagine.
Majesty who bent so low that one dark, cold night He entered humanity as a tiny baby in a stable, born to a teenage virgin whose greatest gift to God was her loving obedience.
Sometimes I forget to count my blessings, to say thank you for all of this gift called life. Him working all of it out for our good and His glory. And sometimes I remember to sin. And that makes Him sad.
Best gift we can give Him on His birthday and everyday is the best practice of loving obedience from a heart soft like Mary’s.
He loves to give us gifts because it is one way He shows His love.
The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
Yet when we are in relationship with God our Father through His son, Jesus Christ, He is not afar.
He is right there with us.
Him living in our hearts with all their good and bad.
Him always there.
Him ever giving.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all God’s sweetest, best blessings in 2015. I’ll be on Christmas Break until January 2. Look forward to catching up with you all then. My love and gratitude to each of you for reading the humble words I share from my heart, for taking the time to comment and especially for those who email me and share their own heart stories. God bless you and keep you. Hugs!
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