There are no gifts under the tree, but amazingly that doesn’t matter to me. My heart is full of the gifts my Father gives me every day!
–The assurance that He has chosen me to be His own beloved child
–The peace that He is in control over the whole earth and cares for me and those I love
–The love of family and friends
–The delight at seeing His hand of guidance when I need it
–Daily provision of my needs
–The beauty that’s all around me to enjoy
–The joy His Spirit puts in my heart
–AND LOTS MORE!
(Written several years ago, but the message is still true!)
Why do you suppose stores have signs warning people not to touch the fragile merchandise? When we see an attractive trinket or cute animal, don’t we want to touch and hold it? When we hear beautiful music, don’t we feel compelled to dance or sing along with it? When we smell an exquisite fragrance, don’t we close our eyes and inhale deeply? When we see or smell a tasty dish, don’t our mouths water? When we see a sweet baby, don’t we have an impulse to squeeze its cheeks? When we see a fuzzy blanket, don’t we long to cuddle in it? And when we see a beautiful sunset, do we ever find ourselves beside ourselves for lack of a way to internalize its beauty?
We hear phrases like, “so cute I can’t stand it!” or “so beautiful I want to cry.” (Not to mention the irresistible urge some people reportedly get to squeeze the toilet paper.)
God’s good gifts appeal to our senses, and He gave us those senses with which to enjoy His gifts. Then just think what heaven must be like–infinitely more stupendous wonders to overwhelm us forever, and heightened senses with which to enjoy them.
Thank you, God.
God…richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17