Opening Gifts

The other day, I had lunch with BFF Mary Jo, whom I’ve known since 8th grade and the Nixon Administration.

She told me a story that bears repeating:

A man dies and finds himself in heaven, enveloped in the pure presence of God.

The man is overwhelmed by the love he feels from his Creator. It’s like nothing he’s ever experienced.

And then he realizes there are gift-wrapped boxes all around him–more gifts than he’s ever seen and each one more beautiful than the next.

He asks God, “What are all these gorgeous packages? They look like presents.”

God tells the man that the bright bounty of boxes are, in fact, gifts…

They are all the gifts that God had been ready to give the man throughout his lifetime, if only he had asked.    

I can almost hear Homer Simpson saying, “Doh!” at the O. Henry-esque ending of the Homer-Simpson-Doh.pngstory.


The message of the story hit me about the same way.

And it brought to mind a favorite passage from Matthew 7:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

It also made me realize that perhaps, instead of praying for things to go this way or that way, asking God for spiritual gifts might be more on-point.

f387da01282e1cf40d7ad36f47b6f40fGod, please grant me wisdom to handle this situation…

Lord, let me be bold and courageous in speaking the Word of God in the face of political correctness…

Please give me the strength to face this adversity…

Let me use my spiritual gift for Your glory, Lord, not mine…

God, please give me a humble spirit of a servant…

Please keep me mindful that pride comes before a fall…

Holy Spirit, please fill me with an extra measure of faith. There are storm clouds on the horizon, the roof leaks, and my bank account is flat-lining.

All you have to do is dial direct and speak from the heart. Like Kermit:


You know, I’ve been a Christian since I can remember, but I’ve still got a long way to go in my faith-walk.

I’m still a little too green.

Sometimes I dial long-distance and shout into the phone–even though God knows the aching of my heart.

Other times, I forget to call.


And there have been times in my life when I failed to answer the ringing phone–and make no mistake, God will send a ringing phone or two when you go silent–

That’s because He wants to be your eternal BFF–and He will be a better friend to you than, say, even that certain someone who has hung in there since the Nixon Administration.

All you have to do is ask.

Thanks for stopping by!


Susan J. Anderson

Foxy Writer Chick











Thanks for reading!


Susan J. Anderson

Foxy Writer Chick





7 thoughts on “Opening Gifts

  1. This blog is a mind blow thank you so much for writing this one it really touched me to the core. I am a poor miserable sinner thank you God for all the gifts you have given me in my life.

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    1. Exactly, Rena! And sometimes that “no answer” is the hardest answer to accept of all. But knowing “all things work together for good to them who love God” is His promise to us–well, that’s a comfort. Still, truthfully though, that “no answer” can create anxiety–at least for me. The struggle is real. Two steps forward and three steps backward. Learning to trust…

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  2. Yes, I agree with you about asking God for the spiritual gifts instead of asking for things to go a certain way.

    Sometimes God gives us gifts that we never had to ask for too, and they are such a wonderful blessing in our lives! I’m talking about you, Sue. I thank God for giving me your friendship since 8th grade and the Nixon Administration! I love you, BFF! You’re the best, Sue, and your strong faith has always inspired me!

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