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The Unexpected Gift

January 3, 2018

Blog By Polly Boyette

Have you ever received a gift that just didn’t suit you? I’m certain we can all identify with this problem since we just celebrated Christmas.

I remember one Christmas Eve when my sister, Robbie, seemed especially excited.

“What’s up?” I asked.

“Come out into the garage,” said Robbie.

I followed her out into the garage where she had something covered up with a blanket. She quickly removed it to reveal a long, flat box lying on the floor.

“What is it?” I asked.

“It’s a Foosball table!” Robbie proudly announced.

“A Foosball table?” I asked.

“Yes,” Robbie answered. “Four people can play at once.”

I do love to play Foosball, but when Robbie said this table allowed four people to play at once, I knew it had to be quite large.

“Do you like it?” asked Robbie.

“Wow! Do I like it?” I replied. “It’s just something I never expected. Let’s just leave it here for now. I’ll put it together tomorrow.”

On Christmas Day we had a couple of friends stop by. Robbie immediately recruited them to help her drag the giant Foosball box into the house so we could begin assembling it

“Wow,” Robbie exclaimed hours later. “Just look at it! Isn’t it something?”

“Yeah,” I answered. “It’s something. It’s really big, but it’s something! Where should we put it?”

“I’m not sure,” said Robbie. “It’s bigger than I thought it would be.”

The table was so big with all the long handles attached that it wouldn’t fit through any of the doors in our house without disassembling the handles first and I was definitely not up for any more work.

The next morning we decided Robbie’s room was large enough to house the Foosball table, but we had to disassemble the long handles and the legs from the table to get it through her bedroom door.

Later on we decided the table might better fit upstairs in my bedroom. So, once again, we disassembled the handles and the legs and dragged the table up the stairs to my room.

The Foosball table traveled to a few more spots before finally ending up right back in the garage. We realized there was no space in our home for such a large game table. We ended up selling it.

Have you ever prayed for something you thought you desperately desired only to find out it really didn’t fit into your life at all?

If we could have that new position, or that new house, or that relationship, then our life would be set for good and we would be happy and content. The minute you get the thing you ask for you discover it doesn’t really fit well and it has made life even more difficult.

Don’t spend your life thinking that one big thing is all you need to feel happy again or to be content.

“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.” 1 Peter 5:6 (MSG)

This year, learn to live carefree before God because He is looking out for you. Rest in knowing God will provide for you and He wants you to have a full life. And that life may or may not include a giant Foosball table.