Free Gift

I woke up the morning of New Year’s Eve earlier than everyone else and sat quietly with a cup of coffee considering what I read as I checked in with the news online. There was a story of the ramifications of the fiscal cliff and the issues that needed to be worked through for any hope of agreement. The complexity of the situation was self-evident and caused me to wonder if things have been made to be more complicated than necessary.

I started to pray and ask God, “are things really complicated or are they actually simple? Are You actually simple? Do we make You too complicated? Will You show me Your simplicity in the coming year?”

From there, I picked up a devotional that took me to the book of Revelation, chapter 22. That’s the last chapter in the Bible and it seemed appropriate for the last day of the year. There really is some comfort of the simplicity that comes from reading the end of the story. What remains at the end of the story is what is core Truth in its simplest form.

There are some instructions, promises and warnings that are in that last chapter of Revelation. The thing that stood out as simple to me was this, from verse 17, “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

Not political, not religious and not apparently an attempt to be convincing. Just a simple invitation to the “one who hears.” When we realize our thirst enough in the middle of everything, just choose to receive a free gift. In the middle of all the potentially confusing, stressful or complicating factors that go into our deal is that simple invitation of “Come,” if we wish.

I’m often thirsty. I’ve been thirsty in the past year and I’m sure that there will be times when I’m thirsty in the coming year. I’ve tasted and I know, yet there are times that I focus on everything but the free gift. When I get to those points when I recognize my thirst and wish to receive, He is faithful to satisfy. That’s simple.

Happy New Year!


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