CHRISTMAS DAY NEVER arrived so slowly, but finally it dawned. While no one was looking, I had shaken the box enough to know that it had to contain what I had been wanting so badly—right size, right weight, everything.
CHRISTMAS DAY NEVER arrived so slowly, but finally it dawned. While no one
was looking, I had shaken the box enough to know that it had to contain
what I had been wanting so badly—right size, right weight, everything. When
my turn came I tore at the wrapping and ribbon, pulled open the top, and to
my disbelieving eyes there it was, a world globe the exact size, shape, and
weight of a basketball! All Christmas afternoon I had the joy of locating
geographical spots my mom would call out . . . Singapore, Latvia, Montreal,
New Zealand, the Amazon, Moscow, Delhi. It was more torturous for this
thirteen-year-old than three days in a Siberian Gulag.
It wasn't until several years later that the significance of that gift
finally dawned on me. Now it's a powerful metaphor for the all-encompassing
vision that God had for the world at Christmas—the mission He would give to
God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above
all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven
and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This season, beneath many a tree are brightly wrapped surprises—some of
which will seem momentarily disappointing to a child. There will be a book
instead of a game, a globe instead of a ball. But time will put it all in
perspective, and many a mother's vision for her child will one day replace
his fantasy. I know. It happened to me. In a day gone mad over basketball
and superstars, I find myself unable to name many more than a dozen. What
really excites me now is not a hoop and a ball but hope on a globe, where
places like Singapore and Moscow, Delhi and Montreal will hear the story of
a baby who came in Bethlehem to save people of every tongue and tribe and
nation from their sins.
What gift should you look at from a different perspective?