For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call. Romans 11:29 (AMP)
Initially when I thought of what the right time to leave the house would be, 9:30 seemed like a reasonable estimation. I spent the morning planning, packing and preparing. Lugging my baggage and my friend’s belated birthday gift to the loading area of my mommy-wagon I set them down and began to dig in my purse for my keys. When the one hand “dig, feel and grab” method failed me I realized that my keys were not in my purse after all and I was going to have to go back into the house to find them.
Reluctantly I called my husband. I didn’t really want to have to admit to him that I had lost my keys again, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Graciously forgoing all of the things he could have said he told me that the last place he had seen them was on the couch under the clean laundry. Well…naturally…why hadn’t I thought to look there first?
Keys in hand I ran to the car, jumped in, and began to back down the driveway. Realizing immediately what the dreadful noise was, I slammed on the breaks. Instantly nauseous, I slowly and deliberately stepped back out of the car and walked around to the rear for damage assessment. Fortunately, I had not backed up with enough speed to cause my luggage to be forced beneath the vehicle. Instead, I had only pushed it down my gravel driveway causing it to get scratched and dirty. Unfortunately, the beautifully wrapped gift that was sitting next to the luggage did not fare as well. Grimacing as I got down on my hands and knees, the gravel digging into my flesh, I looked into the darkness of the car’s underbelly to see what had become of my friend’s previously exquisitely wrapped birthday gift. Disappointment mingled with frustration, I proceeded to reach under and begin ripping the once white tissue paper out from the car parts it was now tangled in. The bag that I had spent much time picking out because I wanted just the perfect one was now ripped, dirty and ruined.
Expecting the worst and holding my breath, I gingerly removed the remaining tissue paper from the bag to check on the gift within. I was both amazed and relieved to find the special piece of framed art unscathed. Somehow, I had managed to back over it at such an angle that although there was much damage to the beautiful wrapping, what was most important had remained intact.
No time to do anything about it, I called my friend on the way to meet her explaining what had happened. Later, offering her a birthday gift that looked like it had been, well…. run over, we both were able to laugh together. I was so very thankful to see that the state of the wrapping didn’t detract from the blessing of the gift at all.
God has placed gifts inside of each one of us. Sometimes the circumstances of life can cause us to feel about as beautiful and useful as something that has been run over and has lived to tell about it. We must remember though that despite the wrapping of ourselves, the gifts and callings of God within us remain useful for the purpose of bringing Him Glory. We cannot become so “wrapped up” in our own weakness and shortcomings that we refrain from offering the gifts within us into the lives of others.
Father, help me to honor you with the gifts you have given me and to use them to bring You glory.