The time has come,” he said.”The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.” Mark 1:15
I don’t remember what all I got for Christmas in the first grade. But I sure remember what the other kids received.
When we returned to class in January, it seemed as if everyone was wearing a new watch — except me. Dad had said I couldn’t have a watch until I learned to tell time.
Already stubborn, I resisted making that deal.
A few weeks later, hanging out in the Sears store, waiting for Daddy to get off work, I longingly gazed at the watches inside the glass credenza.
I was surprised when Dad stepped behind the counter, opened the case and asked, “Which watch will it be for you, young lady?”
Thinking he was playing, I picked out the most extravagant one: Mickey Mouse with a bright red band.
Mickey’s arms with big yellow hands pointed to the numbers.
Dad whipped the watch out of the case and fastened it onto my wrist. It fit perfectly. I looked at the watch and had an odd sense of knowing. “It’s two o’clock, isn’t it?” I asked.
Dad smiled and said, “I thought you could tell time. How do you like your new watch?”
Our heavenly father is like that. Although we may be too stubborn to play by his rules, he knows our heart’s desires and blesses us more than we deserve.
What is holding you back? Is it stubbornness? Pride? God takes off the limits we place on ourselves and fits perfectly into our lives.
God gave us an outrageous gift about 2,000 years ago.
As the world celebrates the arrival of that gift this month, may you have an odd sense of knowing that you are blessed extravagantly … all the time.
Lorri Allen is news director for KYTX-CBS19.