It’s Boxing Day! So let’s box?
Err… Not exactly.
What if the moment you were born, God sent you a box of gifts, like ‘Santa does at Christmas’? What if an angel, your angel, brought this box with your name inscribed on it and gave it to you – the REAL you housed in the bodily you we see? And in that box is placed an outline of the defining moments of your life:
- Born – June 1994.
- Gets first sketchpad and pack of pencils at the age of 6.
- Gifted with first paint brush and pack of water colors aged 8.
- Despite love for pencils, brushes and colors, should get into the Sciences in senior secondary school aged 13.
- Should study Architecture in the University at age 16.
- Become a graduate aged 21.
Now, what if this box of gifts was split into smaller boxes and delivered to you at 00:00 January 1st of each year of your life rather than at birth. And you could pick out the gifts you desired as the year went by, being aware that God isn’t prone to wastage, and at 23:59 December 31st, before the shout of another happy new year He would order His angels to gather up and return the remnants of the blessings that weren’t received, that none should be wasted.
What if all said above could be true? And now it’s December 26, 2015, what would you do?
Panic over what you’d be losing in 2015? What would that solve?
Pray to receive ALL those gifts you haven’t received yet? A better option than the first – though some of that prayer may not yield the desired result.
Pray to know (sometimes you may already know), work towards and receive what can be salvaged in the next five days? Better, better.
In addition to the third option above, look ahead and plan for 2016? Thumbs up!
This brings us to where we’ve been heading all along. Phew!
It is quite possible that at the beginning of each year God sends out these gifts He’d want to be ours.
But God’s bigger than time, why stick with such dates? you may ask.
True, God’s bigger than time, but what, who says He can’t, shouldn’t step down to our level when the occasion fits; else I don’t see the purpose of the Watch Night services we hold every 31stDecember. Let’s scrap it then? And if really God did send out boxes of gifts (James 1:17), we would find God say things like this to his angels at the beginning of each year:
Oh! She’s 29? It’ll be cool if she got wedded this year.
He’s now in his first year in the university? A degree long scholarship on the cards for him please.
They’ve been married 12 years now and no child? If they are ready they could get themselves triplets before the year runs out.
Uhm, she seems to want to do great exploits for the kingdom? Let’s see how we can help her with the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Helping him make that dream of a successful startup come true wouldn’t hurt would it?
And so on.
Why then don’t I see these things manifest in my life you may ask.
Here it is: for the purpose of giving to be accomplished, there should be an accompanying act of receiving. Such is the divine human partnership God created. Once the receiver has refused to receive, he/she loses out, though the giver’s given. Often times God’s given, problem’s, who’s receiving? Think about Salvation for a minute.
There are a few ways through which we choose not to receive that which has been given to us from above and in most cases, we do so unwittingly.
One, a number of times, we fail to seize the opportunity to seeor realize the presence of these gifts or plans He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). This isn’t Joseph-like. Our spiritual senses seem dulled by doubt or being less exercised than they should be. We tend to be more fleshly than spiritual; being more carried away by the way life appears around us than how it really is. And this only helps us see with the eyes without than those within. In the end we fail to hear the Voice that speaks in the quiet of this noisy world.
Two, we seize the opportunity to see, we see, but when it comes to paying the prize, we go missing.
- Paying the price in prayer: have you perfected the act of praying once for a need? But who asked us to limit our asking to just once? Sometimes God may need us to do more than just ask once; not because He doesn’t here the first time, but because He’s trying to make something out of us: maybe try to get us into getting more into Him.
- Paying the price in work ethic: do you think you’ve got poor work ethic? Then change that! We’ve got dreams, we’ve prayed about them, God’s heard and approved of them. Now He says “Plow young one! And watch your dreams come true!” (Lamentations 3:27) and we go missing and the saying “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26) doesn’t become anymore truer than it is with us. If you’ve got a dream, be ready to work for it. Else, dream on oh sluggard.
But in between all of this, do bear in mind the need to be chiefly committed to God. This fits the entire picture together. Ask Joseph.
You, dear friend may have more to say on this, but most of what I’ve been trying to say is summarized thus:
It’s still 2015! Grab what’s yours for the year while you still may! And when 2016 comes, don’t make same mistakes; wake, look, see, act and win!
Boxing Day could be Everyday.
Do you believe?