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Sometimes the best gifts we can receive in life are those we are not expecting or don’t see coming, those that bring insight, change our perceptions, or change our directions. These are gifts from God.

A gift in disguise

“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

– Romans 11:29

On this topic of “gifts,” it is not referring to the “happy birthday” or “Merry Christmas” kind of gift-wrapped in ribbons and bows. These gifts are not ‘presents’ but blessings. Another way to describe them is benefits.

A “gift in disguise” refers to something that appears to be anything but a gift at the time. Many times they come in the form of a burden, obligation, disappointment, or something that is all we’re left with.

Sometimes we receive these gifts with grumbling and/or gnashing of teeth.

But what’s really important to mention here is that these gifts are from God and are irrevocable. They can’t be refused, returned, or re-gifted. They are meant only for whom He gives the gift.

From disappointment to joy

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

– Jeremiah 29:11

Sometimes the very best gifts we can receive in life are those we did not want. Something that comes our way or changes our course which, in the end, turns out to be the best thing that ever could have happened to us.

We are often the authors of our own disappointment. That’s because we have expectations and plans.

However, God is always watching over us. The Bible tells us:

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

– Proverbs 19:21

Sometimes our plans and intentions, no matter how we perceive them at the time, may not always be in our best interest.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

– Proverbs 16:9

Because God is outside of the boundary of time – and can see the past, present and future simultaneously – He knows what’s best for us.

Sometimes he steps in and takes action to put us on the correct path, the one that will benefit us most.

“A man’s steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?”

–Proverbs 20:24

Of course, when this happens, we sometimes don’t recognize it as a blessing at the time. Our plans have been interrupted and we react with disappointment, and sometimes anger.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

– 1 Peter 5:6-7

We have to remember that if God did not love us, he would not bother to interfere. And sometimes God does not interfere. God allows us to fail in order for us to grow, improve and learn. That too, is also a gift, although it sometimes can be a painful one.