Today I want to focus on one very small gift that we received this Christmas..a little 8 ounce jar of Huckleberry preserves.
My Father in Law gave this to us, among other gifts, and it would be easy to dismiss the significance of the gift.
But I get it.
We are blessed to live within about 15 minutes of my parents, and within about 20 minutes of my In Laws.
We have a ton of family in this area, and we get to see them all the time.
However, this last summer, during the hottest part of the summer, my In Laws took the RV and went up into the Montana mountains.
If memory serves, they were away from us for a full 2 months.
But clearly they were thinking of us.
Because my Father In Law bought a whole case of 8 ounce Huckleberry Preserves while they were up there, and every single family unit in our extended family got a jar of the preserves this Christmas.
Months ago, he was thinking about how good this would taste on warm buttered biscuits.
Months ago, he was loved us enough to "put aside this small blessing for the perfect time."
And isn't God just like that too!
He sends us blessings, large and small, at the perfect time.
Luke 11:11-13 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[a] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
And He is in charge of time.
Acts 1:7 "He said to them: 'It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority'."
And yet, most of the time we simply go the refrigerator and get the Huckleberry Preserves out and slather it on our warm buttered biscuits never taking the time to realize that it was not just dumb luck that caused us to have the preserves, or the refrigerator it was in, or the biscuits, or the butter or the oven the biscuits were made in.
We forget that we are blessed.
We forget to say Thank You.
We fail to acknowledge all the tiny pieces of the puzzle of our lives that had to be put in place for us to be where we are today.
But OUR FATHER has been watching over us as we sleep and helping us throughout our whole lives...and we need to remember that HE has been there all along...
Psalms 121: 1-8
"1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore."