This afternoon while Maxwell is at school and Jackson is napping I am going to lock myself in my office for 2 hours and do one of my favorite things….WRAP PRESENTS! I LOVE to give gifts (a little higher on the countdown) and a lot of the fun is the presentation with big wire ribbon bows and shiny wrapping paper. I do after all like to make everything pretty. My goal is to have everything bought and wrapped by Friday afternoon when I pick Max up from school.
There have been times I just saw wrapping as a chore…especially when I’ve waited until the very last-minute wrapping gifts late into the night on December 23. When I was working it was hard to find the time to stay on top of everything so wrapping always got put on the back burner. Those were the years I just did it to get it done and didn’t seem to put as much time and effort into wrapping. But it seems a gift should be carefully chosen and presented in the best way possible to show we care…which is much of the reason I love to take my time and not be rushed.
Have you ever tried to fool those you’re giving gifts to and wrap something small like a DVD…in which everyone instantly knows what it is based on the shape…and put in a huge box with tons of tissue and newspaper? Or better yet…wrapped box inside of box inside of box to reveal a simple gift card? Or have you ever made someone work for their gift….like create a scavenger hunt? My parents did that when I was in middle school. I wanted a leather jacket SOOOOOOO badly and they waited until I had opened every other present and sent me on a wild goose chase through the house. It was actually quite fun. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones we expect…but come in an unexpected way.
The best gift that has ever given didn’t exactly come with the presentation people expected. When God sent His Son to earth as the Savior of the world…the King of Kings…He came as a tiny, helpless baby. Jesus wasn’t at all what people expected their King and Deliverer to be. Yet God knew exactly what each and every person needs…and that is exactly what He sent. It just goes to show that we don’t always understand the gifts God gives us…and we don’t always see them as blessings. The gift of Jesus…the best gift of all…sent as a baby that first Christmas was wrapped not in the finest of linens, but in rags. He was not laid in the most luxurious of cradles, but placed in a manger. He is our perfect example that God has a plan far greater than any of us can see. He knows what is best for us, even if we can’t see His gifts beyond how they’re wrapped.