The Right Thing in the Wrong Package

The Right Thing in the Wrong Package

Posted on December 17, 2016

BY DANA BYERS, GRACE ATTENDER

​Have you ever been looking for something but struggled to find it?

I was on the hunt for the leftover piece of chicken from the previous nightís dinner. It was an especially favorite recipe, and I was looking forward to having it for lunch after a full morning.†

My fridge isn't over-full and is fairly tidy. But I could not find that piece of chicken for the life of me!†

Frustrated after looking twice, I made myself something else for lunch.†

One day later while cleaning out the fridge to prepare for a grocery delivery, I paused and wondered what on earth could be in the container in the back corner of the fridge. Imagine my surprise to find the coveted piece of leftover chicken!

It turns out it'd been there all along. It simply had been packaged up by my husband after dinner that evening in a different container than I'd have used. I was looking for an orange lid; heíd used a blue one.

It was not a bad or wrong container to use. It's just that I was searching for the one I thought he'd have used and wasn't open minded to finding that piece of chicken in any other type of container.†

Is there something you don't see (or refuse to see) as a blessing today just because things don't look the way you thought they should or would?


​End of story. Well, sort of.†

The lessons of looking for good things in packaging other than Iíd assumed theyíd be in applies to many other areas of my life...and yours.†

Tunnel vision can affect us all, and it can impact a lot more than leftovers.

  • In 2005 we applied to adopt a son from Guatemala. God provided a daughter instead. And wow! His plan was different than ours but perfect.†

  • In 2009 God led our family back to the states after living as missionaries in Europe for a few years. I'd thought we'd always stay and was broken-hearted. Now I can say wholeheartedly that I am content being back in the US.†

  • When I landed my dream job in 2012, I hoped to stay on staff a few decades. It only lasted four years. This season of life Iím in isnít wrapped up with a big shiny bow like Iíd anticipated, but it is truly full of goodness.†

Thousands of years ago, Jesus was born in a setting similar to a barn. He didnít even wear a royal crown or have a throne. Many people overlooked Jesus' power because of how He arrived - as a human infant. They were anticipating something else.

Is there something you don't see (or refuse to see) as a blessing today just because things don't look the way you thought they should or would?