Thanksgiving Devotional: Day 5
One way we help our budget is by shopping at thrift stores, garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, etc. for birthday or Christmas gifts for our kids.
We have gotten some great deals on some super fun items.
The boys usually get a few gifts and an Amazon gift card to use towards something they are saving up for.
We were shopping around for one of our sons and found a really neat 3-D puzzle at a thrift store. He loves those!
It was $1 and taped up like items usually are so they don’t lose all the pieces.
After getting home, I undid the tape and opened the 3-D puzzle box and couldn’t believe what I saw.
It did not contain the puzzle that was portrayed on the outside of the box.
On the inside was pretty much a bunch of junk.
There were random legos, an empty lego watch box with one piece, an old Krusty The Clown Watch from Burger King, and a few other items I couldn’t even place.
I just stared at the box. This had never happened before in all the years we have been thrift shopping.
I laughed to myself, then carried the box out to my husband, who was mowing the yard. I said, “Look what was in the puzzle box.” We looked at each other and laughed because this had never happened before.
What’s on the Inside
I ended up keeping the few legos and tossing the rest of the contents away. It brought me to the verse, 1 Samuel 16:7. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Seemingly, we were getting a great puzzle for our son. Inside, we found piece after piece of unusable stuff.
God takes a look at our heart, inside our box, and sees all those pieces. Pieces that seem useless to us. Pieces we don’t want in our box.
God takes those pieces and makes them into something great.
He takes our weaknesses and gives us strength.
He takes our selfish hearts and shows us how to love like He does.
It is then that the inside of our box matches the picture on the lid.
Thank God for His Grace.
It doesn’t make sense. We can’t comprehend it. We don’t deserve it.
He sees what’s inside our hearts, even when it doesn’t match up with the outside of our box and he loves us anyway.
That’s WHY he sent Jesus.