Sometimes we are simply too eager to dispose of the wrapping around life’s gifts. There may seem little point to holding back, but privacy does have its place.
I watched the girls unwrap Christmas presents this morning. It was a fantastic experience. Beginning with tears for joy at the first present (White Album from Uncle John and Aunt Carol), to the finale, everyone seemed surprised, happy, and overflowing with the spirit of St. Nicholas. Each person took her time ripping and tearing the festive wrapping. It was incredible! It was an opportunity for you to feel the anticipation and experience the joy at every step.
Cherry was involved yet she also tried to keep some order. Soon the black plastic bag had taken center stage with smashed bundles of paper crashing in from every angle. It seemed that we were not as accurate or vigorous as we could be, so Cherry moved in to assist. Soon she was reaching for the paper, even as Whitney or Carli was making their first tearing move. On at least one occasion, I’m not sure who touched the paper first!
Sometimes people don’t have to peek at the inside of our hearts. Our conversation could be a repeat of old. “‘And what did they see in your palace?’
‘Everything,’ said Hezekiah. ‘I showed them the works, opened all the doors and impressed them with it all.’” (Isaiah 39.4)
You and I are works in progress. Divinity has been working through your life and mine; to restore us to our full potential. We play a role. It is an extraordinary freedom and responsibility. It is important to be open and sharing; yet at the beginning and in the end – it is a private process between you or me and God.
We can help each other along the way. We can share our burdens. We can provide support. Yet there are things only God should know. The balance of freedom, privacy, relationship, community, and transparency are beautiful when they are in harmony. Today is our time to dance, sing, and be alive.
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