Not asked for.
But a gift.
I would not have considered it a gift had I not known The One who had allowed me to recieve it; this One is Turstworthy, and only gives Good Gifts.
The gifts may come wrapped in smelly packaging, dark surroundings, in hostile conditions, with hardly a notice beyond self or family...coming on the outside, much like the Most Precious Gift- Jesus.
It is a surprise package- not expected by most; unusual.
Lyme was not a welcome gift in and of itself- for it was only the wrapping; and once I began to tear away the wrapping and look more deeply- I have found a font of blessed gifts.
The most precious- the reality of knowing the Living God's presence...
and in that are the sacred aromas of- the One Who Never Leaves, the One Who Is Faithful, Peace, Hope, Refuge, Comfort...
and therein lies a rock- Sure Footing, Foundation...
glimmering nuggets of Truth, Wisdom, Discernment, Knowledge-
and glistening gems of Grace, Mercy, Lovingkindess, Patience...
even sustenance- the Bread of Life, the Word...
And, these only begin to describe the gifts wrapped in the stench of Lyme.
It is nothing compared to Our Dear Saviour- Jesus; allowing Himself- God of All Creation, to step into Flesh- to be born in a dark, dank, smelly manger cave, long ago....to trod this earth, to experience humanity, to understand anything we might experience...to take upon Himself the sin-of-the-world..to be a sacrifice for us- and to rise as conqueror of sin...
If He was willing to do all this for me- and He chooses to present me with gifts in wrappings of pain, fever, chills, aches, confusion, delirium, loneliness, misunderstanding, shortness of breath, fatigue, depression...
then He will also embed precious gifts within the wrapping for our good, for our growth...for His glory.
He is the One Who Sees, He is Trustworthy, He is the Redeemer---He is the Giver of Good Gifts--
May, today, you begin to unwrap the gifts He has for you hidden in the wrapping of Lyme. Ask Him to reveal them to you... Go ahead- take even a peek...and you will begin a marvelous new dimension to your healing.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”