“Hello,” my wife said cautiously, not recognizing the number on the caller id. “Hello,” the man said.” Is this the Goyette residence?”
“Yes,” my wife replied.
“We’re getting ready to deliver your freezer. Is somebody going to be there?”
“Ah, we didn’t order a freezer,” my wife replied. “You must have the wrong number.”
“Hum,” the man said. “I don’t know how that would have happened. Do you think maybe your husband ordered it?”
“I don’t think so, but let me check,” my wife said and then yelled, “Rob, did you order a freezer?”
“No,” I answered from the other room. “Who’s that?” I asked.
“Just a minute,” she told me.
Sir, I’m sorry, but no one here has ordered a freezer.”
“Ok,” the man replied, “must be a mistake on our end. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
“No problem,” my wife said. “God bless you and have a great day.”
“You too,” the man said a bit surprised by the blessing, and with that, they hung up.
“That was strange,” my wife said as she rounded the corner and came into the room where I was. After telling me the details, we both scratched our heads and said, “Oh well, I’m sure they’ll figure it out.” And, sure enough, they did.
Actually, we were the ones who figured it out, but not until our daughter called later that day. The initial excitement in her voice, wondering if we had received the surprise gift, and then disappointment when she discovered that we had turned it away, can still be heard in the collective memory of our family.
Thankfully, after a few phone calls, and acknowledgments of what had happened, the entire thing was cleared up. Today that freezer, which sits in our garage, serves as a continual reminder of extravagant love and the nature of unexpected gifts. Every time I open its lid, I remember. I remember family, I remember laughing, I remember turning away that which we were ignorant of.
Though I’m no prophet, I believe 2019 is going to bring some amazing things; some extravagant things, some unexpected things, some things that God Himself has ordered on our behalf and already put into motion. I think all He’s waiting for, is for us to open our hearts and minds to receive it.
I know, it’s easy to go into this New Year thinking about all the uncertainties of our world, but why not let that same sense of uncertainty work for us instead of against us. Instead of pondering all the possible evils, how about pondering all the possible good things God has in store for those who love Him and have committed their lives to Him.
Here’s an interesting verse.
“But as it is written, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him. But God has revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God. (I Cor. 2: 9-10)
It’s my prayer that as we round the corner into this New Year, we’ll hear what the Spirit of God is saying to us all and receive it with open arms; even if initially, it’s unexpected and hard to believe.