I never understood the purpose of wrapping paper. It’s a pain to carefully wrap presents. The word on the street is the look on a loved one’s face when they open the present is why. Still not buying it. So, what is the deal? Discovery. That is something that can come in many forms.
As we read Luke 15 we see three parables that Jesus shares about. They all have something in common. Something was lost. Something was found. Something was celebrated. In these instances there was not faux discovery through paper, but an intentional pursuit. There was a desire to discover and a focus to see the returned objected. This paints a picture of a loving God seeking us and wanting us to be with him.
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An old SNL skit in the 1900’s had a skit called the Scottish Therapist. In it there were three different sizes of things, hence the title heading above. The three discovered things that were lost were of increasing value. A simple coin, a valuable sheep, and the most important thing, a child, in that particular case a son. Here God paints a picture of intentional pursuit of more and more important things, and what is truly most important, people.
Figuratively speaking, we wrap ourselves. We think God doesn’t love, care for, and pursue us, but he does. We think, given the mistakes that we have made, that God cannot truly use or want to use us, but he does. What we do then is carefully wrap our heart like a present, but not to be discovered. Jesus shares these stories so we would know he truly does love and care.
In an episode of Star Trek TNG, Data carefully removes the wrapping paper so that it can be used again. They teach the android how you’re supposed to rip the paper off. It’s a fun occasion. Trust is ultimately a choice. Don’t carefully remove, but rip the wrapping paper and experience the joy of being not lost but found. Often people don’t change because they think they can’t be loved. The parables of the lost coin, sheep, and son prove otherwise. You’re not only loved, you’re pursued.
Teasing is fun because it builds anticipation. This is the true joy of wrapping paper. The agony on loved ones faces for that moment of discovery. We often have aspects of our heart that we want to wrap up and conceal thinking God won’t forgive or love. Truthfully, he desires to bring all things into the open so we can be at peace and healed.