The Gift

Many years ago (almost 12) I recieved a great gift. It came to me unexpectadely in a packaing that was a bit better than ordinary. I was thankful for it and excited to have it, but when I got home I just put it on my table. For the next several years it just sat there…appealing in so many ways, but not the center of my attention at all. I went about my daily life, mostly absorbed in myself…what I wanted, needed, didn’t have, etc. And there my gift sat…. I didn’t abuse it or destroy it, just didn’t really appreciate it. I assumed all I saw was all there was to it.
It wasn’t that I didnt want the gift, I just didn’t realize the value of it.

Well, after several years I realized that there may be more to the gift than I had thought in the past. So, after much thought and consideration I decided to open it. I wasn’t really expecting much more than what I had seen from the outside all these years. But as I started to pull on the bow and strip away the tape and remove the packaging…the gift exploded into a beautiful, outrageous phenomenon that I can not explain to this day. It took my breath away. Suddenly, I didn’t care about my petty “needs” and “wants” the way I had in the past. I just wanted to know more about what was on the inside of this gift! As I spent time studying it and contemplating it, something happened to me. So much of my selfishness and unhappiness started to melt away. I could tell that this gift was beyond anything I had ever realized. Here it had been all these years, just sitting in my house waiting patiently for me to realize the importance and significance of it! And all at once I did…and I love it more than my measly little mind could ever express in words.
Several more years have passed since I opened this gift. It has changed my life in a way I NEVER expected. God had plans to use this gift in my life before I even had the ability to recognize it for what it was. If you could look inside me and see my heart, you would be able to SEE the way this gift has changed my life. I am beyond greatful for this gift…this unexpected, undeserved gift.

This gift is my husband.

The Gift


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