What's in your brown paper bag? Remember elementary school at lunch time, when you went to get your lunch that was in a brown paper bag folded down with your name written on it. That was before the invention of cartoon lunch boxes. Sometimes you never knew what your mother had packed in the brown paper bag for your lunch. Mostly it was a surprise; a sandwich for sure, a piece of fruit and potato chips or cookies.
Often times God gives us his greatest gifts in a brown paper bag. That is to say, that his greatest gifts are often way over into the land of impossibility, hidden within the arms of a simple obscurity.
So far over, in fact, that when we finally work up the nerve to open the bag and really look inside, we, like Abraham, fall down to the ground in laughter because of the impossibility of it all.
God speaks to us telling us what he has given us. After the few moments it takes to wrap our minds around what He has just said to us, laughter bubbles up in our souls because it is so far outside of the little box that contains our reality, that there is no other immediate response that we can have.
Abraham was 100 years old, Sarah was 90 years old, so they both laughed at the Word God gave them, that they would have a son in their old age. Nevertheless, the Word of the Lord came to pass, and Isaac was born.
What's in your brown paper bag? What did God give you, or tell you that is categorized as impossible? The mere fact that it is impossible in an indication that it came from God, because He is the only one that can give an impossible gift.
After you hear what God has told, your ongoing response will be to ignore it, because it cannot possibly be true, and later you begin ask yourself: If it's true, why would God do so great a thing for me?
Often times God give to us the greatest gift in a brown paper bag, meaning that, initially, it seems like an insignificant little thing.
If you were walking down the sidewalk and you saw a brown paper bag laying on the ground, would you stop to pick it up?
No, but if you saw an expensive looking jewelry box, would you stop, pick it up and look inside? Yes, you probably would. The chances are there's not going to be anything valuable in a brown paper bag, but a jewelry box, well that's another story.
God wants us to open the gift He has given us recognizing, first of all, that He is God and can do all things, secondly, He requires our unwavering faith in His ability to perform His Word.
Your spirit knows that something has changed, because when God gives you a gift of such magnitude, there's no way that you can remain the same. Unknown to you, you begin to walk with the mantle of a new anointing upon you, because the minute God spoke the Word, it became a reality, though as of yet unseen.
When Samuel poured the oil on David's head, David was the King of Israel according to the Word of God, and unknown to him, David began to walk in a new anointing, with the spiritual mantle of a king wrapped around his shoulders, even though his kingdom was as of yet unseen.
We are urged by God's spirit to open the brown paper bag that we keep staring at from a distance, walking around it, perplexed about it, intimidated by it, until finally we work up the courage to open the bag and peer inside.
It is at this point that God begins to unfold the precious gift that He has given you, right before your startled eyes. That seemingly subtle little thing begins to multiply and grow because you had enough faith to open the brown paper bag.