“My sister promised she’d send my Christmas present early, and here it is!” Marty, the middle-aged, was nearly jumping with excitement as she reached for the box at the counter of the rural post office.
The small-town post office provided a friendly place for residents to gather and gab, and Postmistress Kelly knew them all. She smiled as she looked closely at the box addressed to her customer.
“What’s the return address?” Marty wanted to know.
Kelly read it from the box.
“I knew it! She got me something really great!” Marty continued to prattle while Kelly listened, “I think I know what it is! This is fabulous! It’s not even Halloween yet, and I’ve got a Christmas present from my sister! I love how she plans ahead and sends things early!”
Before Postmistress Kelly handed over the box, she noticed a small sticker on the side and pulled it off. She wadded up the sticky label and tossed it in the trash behind the counter. Then Kelly smirked at her excited customer.
“What was that?” Marty asked.
“The label told what was inside the box. That’s why I had to peel it off. This gift needs to be a surprise. That’s what your sister wanted.”
At last, Marty was nearly speechless. “But I really, really wanted to know what was in the box! You know, don’t you?”
Kelly smiled sweetly.
Marty paused to think, “Didn’t I tell you that this was for my husband?”
Postmistress Kelly continued with a grin, “This gift will be worth waiting for. Happy Holidays!”
There are many other secrets in the universe that may not be revealed by the holidays. And they are certainly worth the wait.
Take Paul’s words, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” [1Corinthians 13:12 NIV].
A lot of Biblical scholars have commented on this passage. But to make it simple, we can only see part of God and His perspective; His reasons for directing our lives as He does. We only know some of the characteristics and glory of God, but only a small part. Accepting all of Him is an act of faith.
One day, we will see the entire picture of God and His surprise gifts for us as He lets us unwrap them. And it will be worth the wait.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]