This weekend I got a very nice surprise from my roommate. I’ve had the same computer chair for over 3 years. It is actually my multipurpose chair. I use it to watch television, work on the computer, and read books. Needless to say, the poor chair was in a sad state.
The leather on the seat was cracked. I had to sit on a pillow so it didn’t pinch my skin. It was a bit on the wobbly side. It had also lost most of its support for my back. The chair had definitely seen better days. It was in desperate need of retirement.
My roommate had found a great deal at Costco for an office chair that was endorsed by the Chiropractic Association of America. She brought home the chair and we assembled it. Of course we both had to try the chair to see if it lived up to its hype. It did!
I mentioned how comfortable the chair was to my roommate. She handed me her debit card saying, “They are on sale until tomorrow. Go get yourself one.”
I was shocked. I hesitated for a few minutes because I’m not used to people just offering me their debit card. I told her I’d pay her back when I’d saved up the money. I drove to Costco to buy the chair. On my way back home, I called her to thank her again.
She informed me that I didn’t need to pay her back. The chair was her gift to me. I was overwhelmed by her generosity. It was the perfect gift at the perfect time.
As I continued to drive home, I thought about all the times God had done the exact same thing for me. He always seems to know exactly what I need and when I need it. Most times, I recognize His gift right away. But sometimes it isn’t until after the fact that I realize that He blessed me.
I remember the time He provided me with the down payment for my car through a dear friend. There was also the time when I had given up hope for healing for my back. I asked Him for a visible sign that He had even heard my prayers. I happened to look up at that exact moment to see “Jesus loves you” being written in the sky by a skywriter. Or the times when He placed people in my life exactly when I needed that person with their exact skills (that was often simply a listening ear).
God loves to give His children gifts. He knows what we need even before we think to ask. I believe He enjoys surprising us with His abundance. Each day He offers us gifts, but so often we are too busy to even notice. He doesn’t give with the expectation of being paid back. He gives simply because He loves us and wants to bless us.
This weekend was a great reminder for me to live my life in a state of thanksgiving. I’m thankful for God’s blessings, but most of all I’m thankful because of Who God is. I’m more thankful for the Giver than I am the gift.