For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call. (Romans 11:29 AMP)
I spent the morning planning, packing and preparing. Lugging my baggage and my friend’s birthday gift to the loading area of my mommy-wagon I set them down and began to dig in my purse for my keys. When the one hand “dig, feel and grab” method failed me I realized that my keys were not in my purse.
Reluctantly I called my husband. I didn’t really want to have to admit to him that I had lost my keys again, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Graciously forgoing all of the things he could have said he told me that the last place he had seen them was on the couch under the clean laundry. Well…naturally…why hadn’t I thought to look there first?
Keys in hand I ran to the car, jumped in, and began to back down the driveway. Realizing immediately what the dreadful noise was, I slammed on the breaks. Instantly nauseous, I slowly stepped back out of the car and walked to the rear for damage assessment. Fortunately, I had not backed up with enough speed to cause my luggage to be forced beneath the vehicle. Unfortunately, the beautifully wrapped gift had not fared as well. Grimacing as I got down on hands and knees, gravel digging into my flesh, I looked into the darkness of the car’s underbelly. Disappointment mingled with frustration, the bag I had spent much time picking out because I wanted just the perfect one was now ripped, dirty and ruined.
Expecting the worst, I gingerly peeked into the bag. I was both amazed and relieved to find the delicate gift unscathed. Somehow, I had managed to back over it at such an angle that although there was much damage to the beautiful wrapping, what was most important remained intact.
No time to fix it, I called my friend on the way to meet her explaining what had happened. Later, offering her a birthday gift that looked like it had been, well…. run over, we both were able to laugh together. I was so very thankful to see that the state of the wrapping didn’t detract from the blessing of the gift at all.
God has placed gifts inside of each one of us. Sometimes the circumstances of life can cause us to feel about as beautiful and useful as something that has been run over and has lived to tell about it. We must remember though that despite the wrapping of ourselves, the gifts and callings of God within us remain useful for the purpose of bringing Him Glory. We cannot become so “wrapped up” in our own weakness and shortcomings that we refrain from offering the gifts within us into the lives of others.