Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Gracious Gift

My sweet friend showed up on my doorstep today
with this basket full of "Get Well" goodies.

I've been sick all week, but as any mom will tell you, that doesn't mean you get a week off to rest and recuperate. Just the goes on, regardless of how well you feel. Laundry piles up, deadlines are still present, dinner still has to get made, and children still have all the same needs they did you when you felt happy and full of energy. That's why this little surprise was such a delight. It was unasked for, and yet so needed. Unable to be reciprocated, and yet so graciously received.

It's these kind of gifts that bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. It's the compassion that gets me. The way someone would love me that much, just because. It reminds me of the gifts the Father has waiting in store for us. He shows up, in the most unlikely of places, with a basket full of blessings. He insists that we take the gifts, even though He knows we will never be able to repay. He has the most abundantly surprises in store for us, even though we are totally unworthy of them. I believe He has just the thing that we need, waiting to be generously given to our needy souls.

Have you been surprised by a gracious gift lately? One that you knew you hadn't asked for, but knew you needed?

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." ~ James 1:17

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