Look closer, it may surprise you to see what God has in store

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By Barry Robinson, Williamstown United Methodist pastor

Most of you know the excitement of waking up on Christmas morning and finding all the presents that Santa has left under the tree, but have you ever thought what it would be like to run down that hallway and have nothing there?
One Christmas morning when I was little, I woke up and ran down the hallway barely being able to contain my excitement. Now a few things to point out:  Santa always left the presents around the Christmas tree. And in our house,  the Christmas tree was in the back of the room. Also, the way the furniture was arranged, the large couch stood between the Christmas tree and the long hallway where all of our rooms were.  I hope you see where this is going. 
We wake up on Christmas morning and we run down that hallway expecting to see presents galore, and all we see is an empty living room. You want to see a little boy cry…let him wake up on Christmas morning with no presents! We were there crying and sobbing, thinking about all the awful things we were going to do to Santa for forgetting us, and then, Mom comes to the rescue. She says, “Look behind the couch.”  And sure enough, there behind the couch and around the tree were all of our presents.  We went from excitement, to depression, to even greater excitement. 
So often life is like that. We have great excitement and expectations, then something happens and we are left disappointed. But when that happens, take a peek behind the couch. You may not see it at first, but God has something wonderful waiting there for us. Sometimes that couch is long and can hide many things. Often, you have to look far beyond it. And sometimes, we just need to be reminded that we have to look.
(Scripture reference: 1 Corinthinans 2:9). Barry Robinson is the pastor of Williamstown United Methodist Church. Call him at 859-823-5171 or e-mail, brobinson@williamstownumc.com. Visit www.williamstownumc.com.