Dad struggled for good gift ideas. One year found him gazing into a certain display case. Dad was like a kid in a candy store. As different items caught his eye he had them pulled from the case for a closer inspection. By the time we left he had several items in his possesion.
When we got home he had my brother and me wrap them all, taking care to disguise each in a common household package and sure that this trickery would add to her Christmas joy.
We opened presents Christmas eve and the excitement was high in anticipation of Mom's surprises. She opened the first one and our trickery worked perfectly. She thought it odd to get tooth paste, but inside she discovered the first of several of Dad's hand picked presents; however, it was soon evident, she was not impressed.
She opened another package and the same result, only now it was obvious that she was not enjoying this Christmas idea at all. By the third present she had all she could do to even open the present, which she tossed aside in disgust and so it went until all were opened.
I must confess, at the time I thought it odd; I mean who wouldn't want a rare coin collection? Being older now and married myself I clearly see Dad's fatal error.
Wanting to get out of the dog house, Dad went out the day after Christmas and purchased some very nice jewelry. He had the store wrap them. Into the house he walked sure that this would thaw the ice that had formed in their relationship.
Mom smiled, took the presents, placed them on the shelf in the closet and said, "Well, I guess you got your shopping done for next year."
John 3:16 for God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that whoever believes in him would have eternal life.
Is a gift given but not received actually possessed? May you receive the greatest gift ever given and not delay.