It is 5 minute Friday in which I write feverishly for five short minutes, find a picture to fit my story and then post without reworking and rewording the entire thing before being brave enough to publish!
Today our prompt is gift.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
(Ephesians 2:8 ESV)
I get the impression that God does not like fancy gift wrap.
He made a man out of dirt! Then He made his wife from one of his ribs.
God’s greatest gift to us came as an ordinary baby in a grubby stable, wrapped in swaddling cloths and placed in a feed trough. Then the epitomy of His generosity and giving was a bloodied mess of whipped, scourged flesh dying on a torture instrument.
Jesus gave us his peace – un wrapped. He gave us His Holy Spirit, again with no nice wrapper. We are given treasure of value we do not understand, wrapped in jars of clay.
If my mother gave me a birthday present wrapped in brown paper I would be a little disappointed in her lack of effort. Yet God has given me gifts I do not fully comprehend and they are without any wrapping I can see, though I cannot say I have truly unwrapped them yet.
Photo of paper bag: iStock