A plain package that waits to be opened
It was an ordinary package, tucked underneath the tree along with all the other Christmas treasures that waited to be opened on Christmas morn. This package rarely gets noticed and most times is never opened, because it is dwarfed by all the other packages that scream importance -- the ones with ribbons and bows and glitter, the small ones that hint of expensive jewelry inside or the larger ones that warn us that some assembly may be required. There are the packages that were hoped for -- the electronics and gadgets where batteries are not included. Other packages are of such sizes that their contents are oh-so-predictable -- the shirt and matching sweater. In the midst of it all, this plain package wrapped in plain brown paper goes unnoticed.
Perhaps the next day -- or maybe even the next week after all the wrappings are discarded and the gifts are arranged in piles of keep, re-wrap and to-be-returned, we notice the plain package that beckons our attention each and every Christmas. Inside this package is not something to be worn or played with or displayed in a curio cabinet. Inside this package is a story -- THE story which seeks to be told and received not only on Christmas day but every single day of the year. It is the story of the creator God who enters this world in the simplicity that is as overlooked as a plainly wrapped package on Christmas day. It is the story of a helpless infant seeking to be held and coddled. It is the story where the punch-line is simply this -- your history, your story, your life is so important that the eternal God has chosen to enter into it and shed light upon it and remind you with ever luminous clarity that you have a value and a worth and a dignity beyond all price.
This package waits to be opened. God is so yearning to tell you the story and He never gets tired of telling it over and over again. He says again, "I came in simplicity to walk with you so that you can discover in the simplicity of your own life who you truly are -- a precious, priceless jewel of incomparable value. For a moment, this Christmas, I want you to be able to see yourself the way I see you. For I do not see you in your sin or defects; I do not see you in your accumulated badges of honor and titles. I do not see you in your achievements and accomplishments. I see beyond all that -- I see the one I created in my image and likeness."
This Christmas, take the time to unwrap the greatest gift of all -- the true meaning of your worth, your value, your importance as a precious child of God, unadorned in simplicity, precious in the eyes of One who yearns to walk with you and remind you again and again of the dignity you have as His beloved.