December. People will go to great lengths to find just the right present for just the right person.
One year a father wanted to buy his two young boys the “hot” item on their wish list. It was the Dragonzord from that wonderfully scripted, acted and filmed TV show The Power Rangers. The Dragonzord could be summoned by the Green Ranger, do battle with the enemies of the Power Rangers, and morph into other shapes.
It seems the only thing the Dragonzord could not do was be found. The hype was high that year but the stock was low. And so this young father faced a dilemma—how would he look into the disappointed eyes of his boys that Christmas? It looked to be a dark time for this family.
But into their darkness a light dawned. The phone rang. An informant told him that a certain store would be receiving a shipment of Power Ranger paraphernalia—including the Dragonzord—at 6:00 a.m. the next morning. He rose at 5:00 a.m., donned his sweatshirt, jeans and cap, and with coffee in hand drove to the store. On the way he practiced the smug look he would use when others showed up later than he.
It really bugged me when I got there and three others were in line in front of me. At 5:20 a.m. I ignored their smug looks. But each of us got our Dragonzord. And our kids got their Christmas wish.
Those of you who search for just the right present for the people you love share something in common with God’s nature. He too is a gift-giver. He has been from the beginning of time. He loves to give gifts to his children.
He gave Adam his Eve. Eve gave Adam a bite of the fruit. God gave both of them clothes. He gave Noah a boat. He gave toothless Abraham a tiny tot. He gave David a kingdom and Solomon wisdom. Jonah got a submarine ride. The other prophets got a promise of God’s gift to the world: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).
Out of a storehouse grander than anything the North Pole could offer, the present God chose to give you is His presence. His son. May you unwrap his perfect presence this Christmas season.