My mother loved receiving gifts, as most of us do, but for her it seemed to be a sworn duty to
display as many of them as she could, and once displayed they rarely came down. It didn’t matter if the gift was a small, wild-haired troll or a beautiful porcelain sculpture of Rapunzel, with golden locks cascading around her feet. They all shared a place of honor in our home.
Among those gifts were a variety of painted and jeweled eggs, most often given to her by my dad. Their beauty was in the remarkable designs and craftsmanship on their shells. So when I received an exceptionally lovely porcelain egg music box from a special friend several years ago, I assumed all the beauty was on the outside.
I placed it behind the glass doors of our hutch, for protection, but close to the front so I could see it every time I walked by. But today was different. After having a heated “discussion” with my guardian angel earlier in the morning, and not being surprised if she were to take the day off, I stopped in front of the hutch and stared at the gilded egg. Something inside me said “open it,” and for the first time, upon closer inspection, I realized the egg was formed of two separate halves.
I pulled the halves apart and there stood an enchanting guardian angel adorned with rhinestones. Finally, the guardian angel prayer written in gold letters beneath the egg made sense, and I wondered if it were possible for me to be any denser.
I immediately moved this very thoughtful gift to my desk, leaving the egg open so I could see the little guardian angel who brightens my day. She also serves as a reminder of a few things: Guardian angels are very patient with our humanness, friends are a true blessing for which we should be grateful, and never be impressed solely by outside appearances. You never know what waits on the inside.
" ... let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart ... " 1 Peter 3:4