And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~Romans 8:28
For many years, I choose not to send Christmas cards to friends and family. It is due, in large part, to the overall cost of this endeavor, but also, with the advent of the e-card craze, I no longer feel compelled to indulge in the real deal.
Ironically, it is the online subversion of genuine, caring greetings that finally rouses me to take a much more personal approach. I've made so many dear friends through blogging, and my heart simply wants to send them an affirmation of my love and appreciation for them through a snail-mail greeting card. Oh, and that's not to dismiss my family members! Fear not, they receive hand-signed cards, too.
A dear friend of mine recommends ordering my Christmas cards from Christian Book Distributors, so I take her up on it. I go to Amazon, however, to make another order so I have a surplus of cards to send, or keep for the next Christmas.
The Amazon order? It arrives in mere days. In fact, these cards are already signed, sealed and will be delivered soon. The CBD order? I play the waiting and the waiting and the waiting game.
When I'm finally notified that my shipment has arrived, I am completely confounded. Even though the packing slip reflects the promised and paid-for cards . . .
I receive this Advent devotional book by Paul David Tripp.
How does this happen???
I consider contacting CBD to complain about their mismanagement of my online order, but God blesses me with a wake-up call. If I engage their customer service number, I'm bound to get someone in the delivery department in hot water. Do I really want to make someone's life miserable in this season of joy? After all, I realize, I'm grateful for receiving this unexpected gift to use during Advent 2021 for the same price I pay for the Christmas cards.
And I do not doubt for a moment that God's hand is in it all. He knows our needs before we ask, and always works for the good of those who love Him.
So, I will bow out and give God the glory, the One ever worthy of our thanks, praise and worship.