A few days ago my husband came home from work and I made the comment that he was just seven days away from his next birthday, and he smiled. A moment later he said, “Speaking of my birthday… How come I don’t get to celebrate it for a whole week like Shae does?” Shae is my youngest daughter, and when her birthday arrives, she celebrates it longer than most.
Yesterday I decided that I would surprise my husband and give him the desires of his heart. If he wanted to celebrate his upcoming birthday for a whole week, than let the celebration begin, so I got busy. I ran to the Dollar Store and bought a sign that read: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and a few other decorations. I went to the grocery store and purchased what I needed to make him his favorite dish, and when I saw a sale on Chocolate Cake, I knew my party was complete.
When I arrived home I immediately got to work decorating and preparing his meal. I couldn’t wait until he got home, because I was so excited to surprise him. When he finally arrived, I stood in the kitchen waiting for him to walk through the front door, and when 10 minutes passed I looked out the window and saw that he was unloading his truck. I had to smile because… of course he would unload his truck on the one night that I had a surprise for him. So, I went outside, and with a big smile on my face, I lead him through the front door.
He was surprised… dinner was perfect, and the cake was worth the calories!
When our day was done my husband looked at me and said, “Thank you for the surprise. It was the nicest gift ever!”
This morning I got up at 3:00 a.m. and I was thinking about what he said when he thanked me. He thanked me for something that he asked for, but it only became a surprise because he wasn’t expecting me to do it!
Man… I had to wonder if that’s how I am with God. Each day I wake up and I pray. There are days when I know that I pray knowing that I truly want something, but my heart truly doesn’t believe that I’m going to get what I pray for. If I actually do get it than I call it a miracle. Is it really a miracle if I ask God for something and He gives it to me?
That’s like when someone says, “It would take a miracle for someone to want to be your friend!” Or “It would take a miracle for someone to want to love you!”
No, it’s not a miracle when God gives us the desires of our heart, it’s a blessing. I wanted to give my husband the desires of his heart because…. I love him, and he loves me, and the beautiful thing about giving is that the greatest gift one can give and one can receive is… LOVE!
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Luke 15: 1-31
ONWARD TO THE CELEBRATION!