The Christmas tree sparkled with lights and too many shiny plastic icicles, but it captured all my child’s heart wished for. Underneath the tree sat one package my dad bought for me. My dad did not shop, not even for Christmas. That was Mom’s job. This year was different. He had been away working on the railroad and when he came home he carried a package for me and my brother. The first and only gift I remember from that year, 1959, a “Gail of the Golden West” cowgirl doll, about as tall as I was, still has a place in my home and heart.
The worth of Gail does not lie in her cost but in the value it gave me in my father’s eyes. The time he took from himself and gave to think of me makes her priceless.
If taking time to think of another gives one value, then each of us is a treasure unto God.
“Many, O Lord my God, are they wonderful works…and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned…if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.” Psalm 139:17,18
We were in His thoughts before time began. In fact, time began because He thought of us. He has no need of time for He is from everlasting to everlasting. He extends time to give us space to come to Him.
The Lord is…longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come…” 2Peter 3:9,10
When that day comes, time will be no more. He tells us He will shorten the time so those who are his will not be deceived by the evil surrounding them. He lengthens it for the lost and shortens it for the believer…only God. But we are also told we are not promised another day. As God shows his many thoughts towards us in the time He gives us, He tells us to use His gift of time wisely.
Today is the day of salvation. The moment we are living in is the only moment we have before facing eternity with or without Jesus Christ as our Savior. How we use His gift of time is our gift back to Him.
Time is not the only evidence of His thoughts towards us. We find His greatest thought towards us in the manifestation of Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have ever lasting life.” John 3:16
God’s gift is evidence of His loving thoughts towards us. He thought of us and He gave Himself for us.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…”1John 3:1
Jesus is now preparing a place for his followers, and He said, “…if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”John 14:3.
One day time will slide into eternity. The Son has you in His thoughts and is preparing a place for you with Him and the Father for evermore.
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
For further reading: Matthew 6:19-21
If you look at how your time is spent, what would it say about what you treasure?
What is your most precious memory? Why? If you would like to share it, please leave it in the comments below. I would enjoy hearing from you.
Prayer: Father, as your thoughts are towards us may we hold you in our hearts and minds each day showing forth your glory in a dark world.
As we continue in thanksgiving to the Christmas season I will be reposting some older blogs. I pray they will encourage you to keep your eyes on the Christ of Christmas. May your time with family and friends be blessed.