Let me start by telling the story we were told frequently by the elders as we were growing up. This story goes like this: The lady wanted to see God in person. One day while she was praying, God said, “okay, your prayers have been heard. I will come and visit you on Thursday, 14h00”. The lady was over joyed. She cleaned her house as never before. Wake up very early that day to make sure that everything is perfect. She positioned her to see God. Exactly 14h00, there was a knock on the door. The lady ran to open the door. Surprisingly, it was a very dirty beggar who was carrying a load of rubbish on his shoulders. Immediately the lady asked him to leave because she is waiting for a very important visitor and she cannot afford to waste time with him. The beggar was trying to explain who he was, but was not given an opportunity. The lady was worried that, she will miss God while she is busy listening to this beggar. The beggar left and the lady sweep again quickly and spray the whole house. She waited. God never arrived. She cried uncontrollably that night before the throne of grace, asking God why He did not honor the appointment. She also blamed the beggar who probably made God pass her house by. God answered her and said the following: “I was in your house today, exactly 14h00. You chased me away. You did not even want to look at me or hear me out”. The lady cried even more and said, “I did not see you, I would never chase my Lord away”. God said, “I came in the body of that beggar.” She started to sob and weep in a way that she never sobs and weeps in her whole life. It was very difficult to forgive her.
Many of us today, are exactly like this lady. We have been asking and waiting on God for something, and we think God never answered. What if He did answer? What if we did not recognize the package? How many gifts we sent away because of the package? We need to look pass the package. In the home town of Jesus, people did the same thing. In Matthew 13:54-57 “Jesus went to his hometown and taught the people in the synagogue in a way that amazed them. People were asking, “Where did this man get this wisdom and the power to do these miracles? Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary? Aren’t his brothers’ names James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? And aren’t all his sisters here with us? Where, then, did this man get all this?” So they took offense at him.
They were busy checking out Jesus’s background, and they miss the opportunity to receive the Messiah. The Bible says, Jesus could not do any wonders in His home town. They closed their hearts, and they could not receive anything. They have been looking forward to the coming of the Messiah for years, now that He is here, they did not recognize Him because this is not how they expected the Messiah to come. His father is Joseph. From their eyes, nothing this amazing can come out of Joseph’s house. That is when they closed their hearts. Continue to look at it, pass the ugliness and unwrap the package, you will find the blessing there. Your blessings can come in any form. Just be ready, don’t let it pass you by because it is not the way you expected it. The problem is that, we are not curious enough. We throw the towel the moment the package is not familiar. We need to find out if there is anything good about the package. Yes, the situation may be unpleasant, then we need to look pass the unpleasantness to see the blessing. Some of the Israelites focused on the bad that were in the land, they could not see how fertile the land was. Numbers 33:32 “The land, through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size”. They had to look pass the men of great size to see their promise land. Take a second look at what you are about to throw away as not what you want, and think about our story. May be this is what you waited for, but it is in an unfamiliar package.