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Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Gift of His Will





I love this time of year, the lights, the trees, the candy, and the gifts. I love the anticipation, the excitement, and the wonder that it brings. As I was preparing and planning for the surprises that we will bless our children with this year, I was overwhelmed with the thought of the real gift of Christmas, specifically the gift of God’s will in our lives.

The best part as I coordinate and plan blessings for my kids is watching their anticipation. They know that I only have their best interest in mind and that if I am working on something especially for them, it has to be great. They stay closer to me (whether I’m on the phone or on the computer), so as not to miss a single clue of what’s to come. They dialog with me, asking me over and over for some sort of hint about what I am planning. They are so excited and it brings me such joy in watching them anticipate the gift I have laid out for them.

I couldn’t help but think of our Heavenly Father and the incredible plan He has for each of our lives. For us, it often seems a little unclear and we can’t quite make out what He is doing, but I wonder if from his perspective, as our Daddy, if He isn’t absolutely delighted as He unfolds His plan for each of us, one detail at a time.

As we reflect back over the last year of our lives, I am sure we can all see the clues that He has uncovered for us as it relates to His will for our individual lives. He has a plan, and it’s so much bigger than we could imagine. Through the passage of following His will, my most profound joy comes through the intimate dialog with Him and the intimate fellowship that He draws me to. I echo Paul when he writes in Romans 6:22b, “I have discovered the delight of listening to God telling me what to do, what a surprise!” I don’t want to miss one single detail that He has for me. I can’t help but think that He loves the focus that the anticipation of His will brings in our lives. I believe He wants us to be hopeful as we wait for the revelation of His will just as my kids look forward to the surprises we plan for them. We know He has our best interest at heart. We know that no matter how hard the journey or how unclear the road ahead may be, He has a plan for us (Jer.29:11) and ultimately He has a place prepared for us on the other side of eternity (John 14:2-3). I believe it brings Him great delight when we follow Him wherever He leads, and we do it, not with anxiety, fear, or even dread, but with joy and hopeful anticipation, because we deeply trust that He, as our Heavenly Father, has an amazing plan for us, one that is far better than anything we could do on our own.

As we step back and look at our tree with presents beginning to lay underneath, we are reminded of the many gifts God has entrusted to us this year and the many that He still has waiting for us in 2008. Some of the gifts that He has given are not exactly what we would have chosen or even knew we needed, but they have each one proven to be the “unspeakable riches of His grace” in our lives and we are deeply grateful. We should praise God that we cannot “round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives” (Rom. 5:5), and, unlike some of the gifts we will purchase this year we should rejoice that “His gifts are under full warranty – never canceled, never rescinded!” (Rom. 11:29)

Lord, thank you for the gifts of Your will that you have already unwrapped for us and the encouragement that comes with the anticipation of all that you still have in store for each of us and our families. May we all follow You in 2008 even closer and may we talk to You even more, in order to experience the joy of Your fellowship with us and so we will not miss even one tiny detail that You have planned for us!

In Him ~
Tammy...

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6 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

God most definitely gives us the best gifts of all! Thanks for painting this picture of anticipation. You have shown me a new way to express that part of my spirit and get closer to Him!

Great post Tammmy!

December 12, 2007 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Bless you dear tammy.

December 13, 2007 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

"I don’t want to miss one single detail that He has for me."

Me either, friend. This is my constant prayer.

Excellent devotion...I love all the scripture you included.

Blessings!

Lisa

December 13, 2007 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Lynn Donovan said...

Tammy,

unlike some of the gifts we will purchase this year we should rejoice that “His gifts are under full warranty – never canceled, never rescinded!” (Rom. 11:29)... This is an amazing thought. Great post and a wonderful way to begin my day. Thank you and Merry Christmas.
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December 13, 2007 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

"As we reflect back over the last year of our lives, I am sure we can all see the clues that He has uncovered for us as it relates to His will for our individual lives."

As hard as this has been, I definitely can see that God is working in my life. This year has brought a lot of hardships for my family, but I can also see that, when I was willing to listen for Him, God spoke to my heart in so many ways. I had never known that "intimate dialog" you spoke of even though I was raised in a Christian family. I was not ready to really participate until now.

Thanks for sharing!

December 13, 2007 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger lori said...

Tammy,
what a great analogy to how our children "stay close" so they don't miss any clues...what a lesson for us!

I need to 'stay close' not wanting to miss A THING!
what a blessing!
peace,
lori

December 13, 2007 at 7:24 PM  

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