Giving a gift is a universal way to show interest, appreciation, and gratitude, as well as strengthen bonds with others. Choosing a gift involves determining what needs to be given and making sure it fits with the person. Giving a gift is simply showing someone you care about them and want to make them happy.
Gift giving has long been a favorite subject for studies on human behavior, with psychologists, anthropologists, economists and marketers all weighing in. They have found that giving gifts is a surprisingly complex and important part of human interaction, helping to define relationships and strengthen bonds with family and friends. Indeed, psychologists say it is often the giver, rather than the recipient, who reaps the biggest psychological gains from a gift.
The best gifts are from our friends, those who know us and what we like. Sometimes gifts are handmade, like a quilt or cake. Or we see something when we are out shopping and think that would be perfect for my friend. With friends, you don't have to wait for Christmas or birthdays to get them a gift. Since you have taken the time to get to know them, it is easy to find gifts for them everyday.
Jesus loves giving gifts to his friends, showing he cares and wants to make them happy. While on earth he was constantly giving. At a wedding, he turned water into wine as a gift to his mother and their friends. Everywhere he went he gave gifts of healing and deliverance. He even gave Peter tax money wrapped in a fish! By dying and raising from the dead, he gave us eternal life and restored us to the Father.
So how does He give us gifts now? Have you ever been out and saw a beautiful sunset? That was his gift to you, painted in the sky with you in mind. Or seen a flower peeking out of the snow or read a bible verse that you felt was just for you? Part of gift giving is on the person receiving. We have to learn to recognize the gifts he sends to us.
A couple years ago, Jesus gave me a special gift. He sent a humming bird to visit me on my birthday. I watched as it flew to a seeming dead clematis flower (no nectar there), then to a turtle head flower, (kinda closed up and tight to get much there), then to a hosta flower (finally he's found some, I sighed). He then flew upward and I realized the whole tree was full of humming birds! I watched in awe for a moment before I ran in to get my camera, but when I came back out, they were already gone. As I sat there in amazement at what had just happened, I heard in my spirit--"I am drawing nectar from the seemingly dead places in your life, the places you've closed up and the obvious places and will use it to propel you forward into my plans." Romans 8:28 says it this way:
"We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plan."
It would have been so easy to just glance at the hummingbird and walk by. I would have missed the birthday gift Jesus had arranged for me. What gifts has Jesus given you? As you are reading this, I believe Jesus is arranging a special gift just for you. Watch for it, prepare to be amazed because Jesus know exactly the gift that will make you happy.
And don't forget to thank him!