An Unwrapped Gift

An Unwrapped Gift

Recently I attended a birthday party.  It was time for the person honored to open gifts.  I watched as a person who gave a gift simply walked across the room and handed an unwrapped gift to the person honored.  Later as I was spending time with God, He brought that scene to my mind and began to speak to my heart. His words centered on the gift that was simply placed in another’s hand without wrapping, or a bag, or any attempt to conceal what the gift was.

My thoughts went to how many times does God give us unwrapped gifts and we simply don’t recognize the blessing of the gift?  The wrapping of a gift signals that something is coming your way.  But the unwrapped gift itself is still the main center of attention only without the fanfare.  “God daily loaded us with benefits” (Psalms 68:19).  How many times do we take the benefits for granted because they did not come wrapped prettily or in a fantastic recognizable or reusable gift bag? 

God’s blessings make rich and add no sorrow (Proverbs 10:22).  Are we cognizant of the many ways in which He shields and protects and warns and restores us?  Eternity alone will reveal all the many blessings that God gave to us right here on earth.  Lord, open our eyes to all the unwrapped gifts You give. 

Well, I started thinking and began to thank Him for all the unwrapped gifts He gives to me.   He gives all of  us another day to worship Him (Many do not know Him), another day to bless and be blessed by our family and friends (Many have no family or friends), a home (many are homeless), transportation (Many walk everywhere they go), food (Many go to sleep hungry), health (So many are sick), the blessing of having a sound mind, clear godly thinking (Many are locked in wrong thinking and mental disease) and decision-making ability (Many make deaf and dumb decisions over their own lives and the lives of their children), wisdom (Many lack no godly or practical wisdom), children, grandchildren (Many have no natural or spiritual heritage), and the list is endless.

This endless list of “Unwrapped Gifts” is given to us by the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  Recognize and thank God for the unwrapped gifts (blessings) that are piled in your life day after day after day.  They are everywhere!

Why "Hepzibah in Training?"

More than twenty five years ago I stood in a powerful praise and worship service. As I entered into worship weeping in the presence of the King, I heard the voice of Jesus in my spirit. He called me two names. The first name was Hephzibah and the second was Beulah. I was stunned and immediately sat down on the bench to ponder these two names. Neither of these names appeared flattering to me.

I left church and called my sister, a mighty warrior of God, and told her that God had called me two names. Her reply was “If God called me names; I needed to find out what they meant.” I searched scripture and found that the name Hephzibah means, “The Lord delights in her” and that Beulah meant, “Thy land is married (committed, spoken for, etc). Needless to say, I was delighted in the significance of these two names that my Savior has bestowed upon me. My goal and treasure in life is to fulfill the plan for my life on this side of Eternity and to train for the other side of Eternity.

I offer you the revelations, thoughts, and meditations that God imparts to me in this blog “Hepzibah In Training”.

I thank you for your comments.