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The doorbell rang like mad
RING! RING! RING!
It wouldn’t stop until I responded
I never open doors for strangers- so I hesitated
Finally, I decided to take my chances
It is Christmas Eve after all
Besides, I couldn’t stop the ringing by not doing anything
I believed that the presence of God in my house would protect us
To my surprise, what appeared before my eyes was a smiling face of my neighbor’s son Albert
His smile seemed to be contagious
Immediately I was filled with joy
He was holding a pitaya (fruit) and a pineapple
He said happily: “Auntie, this is for you.”
“Merry Christmas To You!”
Holding the fruits as Christmas present,
Albert was surrounded by a beam of light
I thought I saw an angel without the wings
My tears rolled in my eyes
Because in that instant I saw the perfection of God’s love
He looked a little scared when he saw my tearing eyes
He thought he was freaking me out
“I’m just giving you the pitaya and the pineapple.” He explained.
“I wish you a Merry Christmas and good luck in the coming year.”
He had no idea how amazed and comforted I was by his presence, especially because of the pitaya, which he brought me.
When the month of December 2019 came
I told myself it was my birthday month and I had to be happy
Also, I wanted to make a lot of people happy
The company I work for has entered its 25th anniversary this year
So the owner wanted to throw a big Christmas party to celebrate the occasion
All three officers were supposed to prepare programs
Unfortunately, this year we encountered a routine inspection from the government
So none of the offices had the time nor the energy to make the show
And I was preparing my show for my dancing studio’s annual Christmas Party
So when my office asked me to do a show
I agreed at once because I could raise the spirits of more than two hundred people!
I put a hold on everything so I could focus on this task
It is a lot of fun to work on the dance routine
I have successfully finished my performance on two Xmas parties
It just didn’t occur to me that something unpleasant was going to happen afterward.
I found out that I could not keep my promise to a friend
Many factors halted my keeping promise
The whole thing made me sad
It’s going to be hard to have a Merry Christmas this year
It is not possible to reverse my mood unless a miracle happens
I sighed and shook my head and helplessly to embrace this unexpected unpleasant Christmas holiday
One day when I drove back before Christmas
I saw the last pitaya left on the tree belong to my neighbor
They planted it only for a couple of years
Yet it bears a lot of fruits
Pitaya is popular and nutritious
It is relatively expensive compared to other fruits
So I’m not surprised our neighbors didn’t offer any to us.
Just when my mood was so low and down,
I tried to think of something that could change my mood.
Suddenly an idea flashed through my mind-
Perhaps miraculously, my neighbor will suddenly give me this last pitaya?
It wasn’t necessarily about the red dragon fruit,
more so that I want my neighbors to think that we’re friends
and that she was willing to share the last fruit with me to lift my spirits.
Oh, God! How could anyone have known?
A simple gesture changed my sadness to happiness.
Without thinking that my little wish could be granted…
How is it possible that this fruit would come to me?
While I sat depressed in the living room while watching TV on Christmas Eve,
Albert brought what I wished for!
I was thrilled that God had not forgotten me
and that he fulfilled my wish.
Two hours later my doorbell rang again
I thought to myself, “I guess Albert is back!”
Without hesitation, I opened the door
There he was with a big smile on his face again
He had a small bag with him
As soon as he saw me, he said he would sing for me
He didn’t have a guitar, but he took out a harmonica from his bag
He began to sing about the story of the birth of Jesus Christ
His speech is clear and fluent, and his voice is pleasant to hear
No one ever sings Christmas Carols at my door
Never once did I think of the honor of sharing a birthday with Jesus Christ
My old church taught me that it was important to remember the death of Christ, not the birth
My neighbor’s child made me feel proud to be born on Xmas day the first time in my life.
Watching his presentation, I was so moved and touched, and I could not help crying.
The tears wiped out the sadness I had right before Christmas and my birthday.
I saw the perfection of God because no one could have done it with such perfect timing!
I remembered a moving article from many years ago
**Where is God’s perfection? The father who had the imperfect kid asked the audience
Seeing no one could answer his question
The father told the story and answered:
God’s perfection is through the loving and caring of 18 young and perfect healthy kids
I too had asked myself during this time
Where is God’s perfection on me?
I never expected my question to be answered.
I received my answer on Chrismas Eve.
He made sure that I would be able to celebrate his and my birthday with joy,
He let me see HIS perfection
Through the act of the imperfect neighbor’s child
Albert has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Even though he looks bright and charming
The police had shown up at his house many times when he didn’t take his meditation
He would scream and cause a scene
He lost his marriage due to this illness
He often visited the mental hospital
Before coming to my door, he checked himself in the hospital for ten days
So he could give his mother a period of peace- what a lovely and considerate child.
Albert had no idea that he was playing the part of an angel on Christmas Eve
Just when I thought I wouldn’t and couldn’t have a Merry Christmas and a happy birthday
He brought me the biggest and the greatest gift
He helped to sweep away my sadness
He performed God’s perfection in HIS direction.
I would never imagine God’s perfection would be through this imperfect human being, would you?
**You can read this story on my previous blog-Where is God’s Perfection? (1) http://loveneverending.com/where-is-gods-perfection-1/