There are a lot of material possessions to desire in today’s society. We ask for a new car, big houses, fancy clothes, and new phones. Society has a “keeping up with the Kardashians” mentality. We search for the next big thing, the next exciting chapter in our life. We look for opportunities to be Instagram famous, become an Influencer. We search for the things society and the media tell us to search for. But have we ever stopped to think what we truly want? Or what we need? 

We pray to God asking for lots of things or searching for answers. But many times, the gift or answer given is not what we are expecting. When receiving God’s gifts, words, and opportunities, we must have an open mind to the possibilities. We imagine our “perfect” life plan, but only God knows our path. We must learn to receive the unexpected gifts, accept the troubling answers, and walk through the other door.

Dear God, help us to keep open minds and open hearts to receive your unexpected gifts. Amen.

Claire Massey, 2019

For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:8