I imagine God ahead of me, hiding the gift of his redemptive presence in the people and circumstances of my life. And I see God at my side smiling, eagerly waiting for me to open up the gift that he has prepared for me. Sometimes I consent to reality, welcoming it, and by so doing, I unwrap the Presence hidden within. And God is pleased to give himself away. Other times I resist reality and reject the Presence. But God is not disheartened. He just readies the next surprise.