Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

THE GIFT
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

 

Photo by Asiya Kiev on Unsplash

 

My brother looked at the belt he had purchased for my father. It was a great gift—a perfect gift for my father’s old belt was frayed and ready to break.

“I want to surprise him. But how does one wrap a belt? It’s going to be pretty obvious.” His face brightened as he thought of a solution. Find five boxes that fit one into the other, my brother placed the belt in the smallest of them and then wrapped it. He put the smallest box into the next smaller box and wrapped that one continuing the process until the belt lay in the belly of the smallest box.

It took him nearly two hours, but he was satisfied the belt had been cleverly disguised. When Christmas morning arrived, my brother bubbled over with excitement. “Hurry up, and open my present Dad!”

My father reached for the multi-boxed gift and shook it. “What could this be?” Before my father could open the first box, my brother could contain his excitement no longer. “You’d never know it was a belt, would you, Dad?”

When God sent his Son, he took no pains to hide the truth. From the beginning of time, God prophesied how the Messiah would be born. It was no secret that Bethlehem would be the Savior’s birth, Bethlehem the small village next to Jerusalem where the slaughtered sheep were bought.

When the time came for the promise to be fulfilled, God sent a heavenly choir to announce the birth. A star shone so brightly that even men in the East studied its significance.

Rather than hiding in layers of distractions, His perfect gift was wrapped in revelation.  

 

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse (Romans 1:20).

 

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