The Beauty of Unwrapped Gifts

birdbath

Still tied with a beautiful ribbon,

the birdbath caught my eye this morning as I walked through our backyard.

I could almost hear God whispering,

Gifts should be fully unwrapped, Tammy………….not just staked in the ground.

I stopped and for the first time since receiving this birthday gift from a lifelong friend, I truly appreciated its beauty.

Holding water poured from Heaven not from me,

it patiently stood in my garden……….

Waiting to be seen……………

waiting to be used……………

waiting to be acknowledged as more than just another lawn ornament.

Today is no different than my birdbath.

It makes no demands.

It stays wrapped until I choose to pull the strings………….

tear open the paper…

appreciate all it has to offer.

I love the look on a child’s face as they rip into the wrapping of a gift,

and I love to see their face as they pull out their new treasure.

What if I could see the sunrise as the unwrapping of a new day?

The offering of a gift.

The present of His presence.

I want to live a life of fully unwrapped days……………..

not just days staked in the ground and checked off my list.

Today is a gift.

Forgive me, Lord, for the all the days I left tied in ribbon.

This is the day the Lord has made.

 I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

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