Excitement was in the air. A new Christmas “schedule” was in place this year for the Grubbies – as Kevin is a staff member at church and would be at Gateway all day on Christmas Eve. The kiddos and I attended the later services and afterward we. were. hungry! I had prepared a few Christmas Eve snacks and we picked up some boneless wings on the way home to round out our Christmas Dinner. Doesn’t everyone eat wings for Christmas dinner?? 🙂
After dinner we got into “gift mode.” Starting with stockings we each opened our decorative “sock” filled with goodies, gift cards, and other fun stuff… Then, it was PRESENT time. I mean, who doesn’t love presents??? Julia opened her gift and although she knew what it was, she was thrilled and started digging in to the box so she could start using it. Joey, who didn’t know what he was getting, opened his gift and squealed with gratitude, thankful to receive what he asked for. Then, it was Emma’s turn. There was a wrapped box and it was rather light. She hurriedly opened it only to find there was not a gift inside. There was a paper with a picture, drawn by her no-so-artist-mama, of her gift. It hadn’t arrived yet – so all she had to hold onto was this paper.
Her delayed gift arrived yesterday and it was even more wonderful than the amateur artist drawing foreshadowed ;). Emma was gracious throughout the delay, waiting in “faith” of the gift that was promised.
And it made me think. We have the hope of a delayed gift. We have the written promise(s) in the Bible. Of course we know it’s not just a paper (or booklet of papers), it is the Word of Life and we have the Holy Spirit with us as we journey through this lifetime – but it is just a foretaste of what is to come.
Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”
Titus 2:13 “We look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.”
Romans 8:23 “And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.”
This paper, this book, holds the HOPE of the PROMISE. The promise of an eternity in heaven, with Jesus, in paradise. Even though the Word of God is beautiful and full and WONDERFUL – it will seem an amateur drawing compared to the GIFT that awaits those of us who have trusted in Him. Christmas excitement doesn’t hold a candle my anticipation and excitement of the hope of heaven. Glorious Day!