I have a Christmas present all wrapped up in a drawer at home. Now for those who know me that might not seem unusual (a little crazy maybe, but not unusual) since I LOVE Christmas and often buy gifts all year long. Because I am an experienced mom and grandma I will sometimes wrap the gifts so that inquiring minds who want to know, can’t. This gift however, is different. It is one from last year. The recipient, or intended recipient, for reasons of his own, never got it. So there it sits, unopened, un-enjoyed.
Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. Psalm 65:4
This verse in Psalms tells us that God fills us with good things. He gives us good gifts, but how often, for reasons of our own, do we leave them, unaccepted, un-enjoyed? Maybe we don’t believe they are really good. Maybe we think we are unworthy and don’t deserve to receive, or maybe we are suspicious that there may be strings attached.
I personally know people who live like this daily. I’m sure I miss out from time to time, too. God could be holding out a good gift and I am hesitant to take it because I don’t know what’s inside. I stare at the gifts, labeled with my name, but am often so unwilling to open them. I allow my reservations to take over, leaving the gifts unclaimed. I know the abundance meant for me from a loving and merciful God. I have received good, good gifts and yet I am sometimes content to live in my own poverty.