"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in haven give good things to those who ask Him," Matt 7:11
Scribbles on paper. The sacred "Christmas list" made out every year by little ones far and wide. Children's hearts' desires written in crayon or pencil filled with the the led of hope.
My kids excitedly handed me their list. My hands received the paper with almost as much enthusiasm. My heart longs to give my kids their hearts desires (if I can).
The way a parent wants to awaken to glowing faces on Christmas morning is perhaps only a glimpse of how the Lord longs to bless His own children.
Children, bright eyed and full of wonder await Christmas. It takes little faith for most children to believe presents will be under the light adorned tree.
What if we awaited God's gifts like a child on Christmas morning? What if we believed there were good things wrapped up for us waiting for the right timely moment? What if we believed as a child?
God is good. He has treasures wrapped up for us just waiting for the right time for us to open His gifts.
Sometimes we cannot see the goodness He has stored up because it is hidden. He has hid His presents until our Christmas morning comes. Like a child, we want it right away and we want to know what is in the package. However, we must be patient and wait until our Christmas.
When I was a child, I would try to tear a corner off the presents or look under the paper where it was taped to peek inside. However, that thrill only lasts a moment and then disappointment sets in because the surprise is spoiled. Plus, even though I knew what is in the package, I still had to wait to open the gift. Knowing my gift only dampened the waiting process.
God has good gifts for all of us, but He likes to keep them a surprise. He may give us a peek here and there, but we can't see all that is under the paper until opening time.
God's heart is to instill hope and anticipation as He prepares our hearts to receive.
Hope in itself is a gift. And Hope that is seen is not hope.
As a child on Christmas morning, we can be certain that His gifts will come. We can believe that if it is best for us, He will answer every request on our "list".
Christmas morning isn't just for kids. It is for all God's children.