I am happy to say that this is not the case with me…this year. I have finished my Mother’s Day gift shopping hours ago.
I tend to rebel against certain trends…like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. This has at times generated some tension in the Olson home. I guess I resist them, because I don’t want Hallmark telling me when to give a gift to the people that I care about…although…sometimes I guess maybe someone should. Incidentally, I also don’t want Hallmark to make Christmas movies anymore either…but that topic is for a different day.
I am not always the most aware husband, or son in regards to gift giving, yet I find that I am drawn to give. One year I was drawn to give my wife a brand new vacuum for Mother’s Day! Despite what you are all thinking…she loved it…and she in fact wanted it. I knew that she wanted it and thus I knew that it was safe to give. This kind of knowledge comes only from relationship.
In Galatians 4:8-20, Paul draws our attention to the beauty of a relationship with Jesus. This is an incredible statement that Paul makes in that culture, and it is just as incredible in our culture today. We CAN have a REAL relationship with God. Our interactions with God are not just a one sided effort on our part to “appease” Him or somehow earn the right to be “accepted” by Him.
May we come to know that we can have a real relationship with God… to know God and to be known by God.