That Gift Isn’t For You

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him-…Matthew 7:11

The other day, I took Adah to the store to pick up some things to fill our boxes with for Operation Christmas Child. I explained to her on the way that we’d be getting toys, but that these toys were not for her. This was an opportunity for us to share God’s love with some other kids by getting gifts for them that their parents couldn’t afford, I explained. She understood what I was saying, but after we got to the store and starting picking out the gifts, it became increasingly harder for her to accept the reality that these gifts were not for her.

The reality is, I love giving gifts to my child. I love watching her face light up. I too share in her joy when I’m able to give her a gift.

Friend, I know you want that gift to be for you, but right now, God is giving that gift to someone else. Don’t get angry about it. Your time will come when the Father will pour out His gifts on you. After all, He loves to give good gifts to His children.

You have a wonderful opportunity to share in that other person’s joy. To be happy for them, because you know your Father in Heaven has given you good gifts too. It might be the gift you wanted, but friend, God knows what you need, when you need it. Just as I love to give good gifts to my child, not every gift is meant for her. If it was, she’d be spoiled and never be able to share in the joy of seeing others blessed by a gift.

Today, lets rejoice for those who have what we wanted and be content with the place God has us. Truly, if we will embrace our own journey, we’ll see that there are actually gifts all around us if we’re willing to place ourselves in the mercies of God for each new day.

Lord, thank you for your blessings on my life. Fill me with your love and peace. May I rejoice for others who might have the gifs I want so I too can share in their joy and yours, in Jesus name, Amen.

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