I woke up in the middle of the night and suddenly realized I
had discovered my husband’s superpowers!
Okay, stay with me for a minute.
For those who know me and my husband, you may be thinking you
know some of his ‘superpowers’ already, and you might be right. He is quite the talented man with many
gifts. However, I discovered yet one
more of those gifts last night in a crisis.
These past few weeks have been a little stressful for our
home. Burning the candle at both ends
would be an understatement. Clinging to
our God and the prayers of those around us has brought us through it all. We are completely grateful for those who
stand in the gap!
So back to my story!
Christmas is normally an event that starts mid-year with an
excel spreadsheet and a game plan for me.
However, this year there was no game plan. In fact, there was no plan. There was no spreadsheet. There was only a mad rush to the post office.
This week I was scurrying around the house like an elf on
Christmas Eve attempting to get all the cards completed, gifts purchased and
staged to be wrapped, then mailed out in time for Christmas. Time was not my friend this year.
Last night after a long day at work my husband came home and asked what he could do to help. I grabbed him and escorted him into the bedroom. What happened next was not what he expected or planned.
He walked into the bedroom to what could only be explained as
a landmine of gifts and boxes stacked all over the bed with my laptop in the
middle. I was in the final stages of wrapping. Each box had its set of gifts to be wrapped
in a section ready to go. Wrapping paper
was poised with tape and scissors in que.
Cards, pens, name tags, and confetti ready to go.
Yes, confetti for the cards.
Another story for another time.
I asked Carl to assist with the wrapping process so I could
get the boxes mailed out in the morning. Without hesitation or complaint, my
husband asked me about the process and then proceeded to request tools for his
task. His own scissors and tape. I agreed but thought it would be easier if we
shared. “How fast would this be?” I
thought. Meh, either way I would do whatever
it took to get the job done.
I handed him the first box to wrap and started to organize my
space to wrap as well. Before I could
get my personal space set up - Carl handed me his wrapped gift.
I took the gift and proceeded to hand him another to wrap while
I put the tag on the wrapped gift and organized the box it would go into. Before I had a chance to complete my task he handed
me the second gift, wrapped.
Now I was starting to get curious.
I handed him another gift and just watched this time.
In stealth-like fashion, Carl picked up the box, turned it around
a few times, cut up a piece of new wrapping paper like it was butter and
immediately wrapped the gift like he was at Macy’s wrapping center. Not only did he wrap it, but it was better
than I would have done.
I decided to test him.
I handed him a mug - without a box. Okay, sir, wrap this!
He did! And he put a bow on the top.
I didn’t have time to wrap even one. I couldn’t keep up with his wrapping.
So, I decided not to fight the system.
I handed him each gift one by one and organized the boxes.
Systematically he wrapped each gift like a ninja as I barely
had time to write the names on the tags and place them carefully in the correct
boxes to be mailed. The next thing I knew,
all five boxes were completed and sealed ready to go. What a BLESSING!
And all these years I have been doing this by myself. And not well at that because I am not a wrapper...
Carl normally doesn’t have time to assist with this process, but this year has been different. The business has been slower. My normally executed plans were thrown in the water with all the pitfalls that came our way this year. But I would have never discovered my husband’s hidden superpower if all of these things hadn’t occurred.
My husband has never experienced what I do each year for the
family. He just hears about the infamous
‘boxes’ that must be sent out in time for Christmas. He has never seen the process or been a part
of the action. This year he was. It was a blessing for him as well.
And now you know his superpowers too…
And next year is going to be different… 😊
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill
the law of Christ.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing.