Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Unexpected Gift

The unexpected gift rarely falls on my side of the fence. 

Don't get me wrong. I have what I need and a bit more, so there isn't a need for an unexpected gift.

God has blessed me with a fine husband, three children, a roof over my head, and food on my table. My walls are decorated with kid created art. The Lord has blessed me with a godly church to attend. I am very content.

Perhaps you could say you have most or all of the above, too. 

BUT have you ever received an unexpected gift…one that you didn't know you needed? Did it come at a time you never expected? It wasn't Christmas or your birthday. In fact, there wasn't a holiday in spittin' distance.

Hubby had worked many extra hours to raise the funds he'd promised to give to a needy person we knew and I squeezed the fat out of the budget to insure we could help as much as possible. Times were lean this year, but the reward God gave our hearts meant so much.

A week ago, we received an unexpected gift. Hubby and I hardly knew what to say more than smiles of great appreciation. We didn't understand the reason behind the gesture but thanked God for the blessing.

Way before any of us were born, God saw our need. He knew we wouldn't figure out the problem, and He definitely knew we couldn't provide the solution. In His wisdom, God devised the perfect gift to give all of us. He sent His son, Jesus, to live among us, teach us what to do, then take the punishment for our sins, paving the way for us to go to Heaven. 

We didn't know we had the need. Yet He gave it to us. Jesus' gift of life is ready for us to accept and open at any time.

In many of Jesus' teachings, He ends with words like, "Go and do likewise."

Let's take a challenge this week. 

Think of someone.  You may or may not know the person well. It doesn't matter their financial status. Everyone needs to be treated special. 

Now consider a gift you could give them. This does not need to be a monetary gift, it can be the gift of time, or help.

Next, plan an unexpected moment. A time that wouldn't impose, of course. Investigate their daily routine and choose a time that would not conflict with something the person does.

Last, give the surprise.

Do you have an idea? You can simply say yes in the comment section. 

When you do give the gift…stop back and simply say "done" in the comment section. I hope we fill pages of comments! 

Let's all rejoice in well doing.

I'll start. My mom was recently moved to a different room in her care facility. She was happy about the idea because she would room with a friend. I went online to the American Greeting eCards and sent her a "welcome to your new home" card. I made sure it had cute little animals, and a sparky tune like she enjoys. For her this was a new home. I can't wait to hear what my sister says when she helps mom open the eCard!


Cindy Q said...

Yes. I'll let you know when it is done. Great post, by the way. We can forget how blessed are :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

So true, Cindy.