The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(Friends, I wish I could write this as I feel it. But that is not possible. Glen)
"I Want You To Have This"
What do you give to the Person who has everything?
"The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein" (Psalm 24:1).
My grandson Jackson helped answer the question many years ago. He was three at the time (he's now 15). He and his sister Emma had spent the weekend with us, and the time came for them to return home with their parents. Just before leaving, Jackson came up to me and stuck out his hand, which held a quarter. "Grandaddy," he said with an expression both sweet and serious, "I want you to have this."
I love moments so filled with blessing that you know you will never forget them. I instantly realized this was one of those. I smiled, took the quarter, and responded. "Thank you so much, Jack. This means so much to me, and I will keep this quarter forever!" This meant entrusting the treasure to our family safekeeper, Frances. It also meant the blessedness of that treasure still has a place of cherished grace in the safekeeping of my heart.
What do you give to the Person who has everything? Jackson's gift speaks to the question in a powerful way. In the most literal sense, we cannot give anything to God since He is "the possessor of Heaven and earth" (Genesis 14:19). In the sense of heart, however, we can give Him much. Jackson's quarter would buy almost nothing even in 2010 when he gave it to me (and far less now!). However, in terms of value, the coin means more to me than I could ever express. He gave a piece of his heart to my heart when he held out the quarter, along with the echoes of his voice that still resound deeply and beautifully within my soul: "Grandaddy, I want you to have this."
I sometimes speak to our Lord in the terms Jackson voiced to me. "Heavenly Father, I want You to have this." I then "hand to Him" praise, thanksgiving, awed appreciation of His wonder, and the affirmation of gladness that I belong to Him for His glory, will, and eternal purpose in the Lord Jesus Christ. I do so in complete confidence that Scripture confirms such expression: "The prayer of the upright is His delight" (Proverbs 15:8). Indeed, my heart still delights in Jackson's long ago bestowal of a gift that can buy little of earthly substance, but which purchased a treasured moment that will be with me forever. Even more, I am completely certain that our Father's heart feels the same when we "give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name" (Psalm 29:2).
What do we give to the One who has everything? So much more than we can imagine. Thank you, Jackson, for a gift that blessed me in the moment you bestowed it. It blesses me even more every time I remember it. And praise You, Lord, for having such a heart that Your children can bestow upon you gifts from our hearts that mean more to You than we will ever know. "The Lord taketh pleasure in His people" (Psalm 149:4).
Oh yes, I always like to mention that the quarter Jackson gave to me was minted in the heart of his birth, 2006. I am sure that at three years old, he did not realize this. But the One who led him to bestow the gift did. Indeed, I will always believe that I heard more than one voice on that blessed day speaking to my heart, "I want you to have this." Jackson gave such a gift, as did the Lord who taught me something completely wonderful about Himself, and that we really can give something to the One who has everything.
"O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto Thee forever."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).