I am that grandma. If I see things my grandchildren would like, I buy them and hide them in the drawer. At just the right time, I bring them out. My oldest granddaughter has learned to ask about the surprises.
Her birthday also happens to be on December 21. Recently, when she asked for a surprise, I told her the gifts are for her birthday and Christmas so she will need to wait. It’s driving her crazy. So crazy, in fact, that she regularly asks my daughter what kinds of things Grandma is hiding. The other day she told my daughter this: “I have a story (I think she meant idea). You tell me what Grandma is hiding and when she gives it to me I will still love it!”
Secrets bring out the schemer in us. My sister really doesn’t like secrets so when she gets wrapped Christmas presents in the mail, she carefully peels back the wrapping to see what it is and then fixes it and puts it under the tree. Sometimes you just have to know!
Paul talks about a secret, a mystery, in his letters to the early church. He confirms that he knows the secret, and fortunately for us, he shares it.
26This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. 27For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.Colossians1:26-27
Today, I am grateful that Christ lives in me. This scripture has been my meditation all week and it raises a lot of questions in my mind. Mostly, how do I live differently knowing that Christ is in me? What difference is his presence making in my life? How does his energy animate my days?
How about you? Does the knowledge of Christ in you change your outlook? What do you do differently?