“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them…” Matt 6:26ESV
Life stories are often great in giving the most profound insights to the Kingdom of God. Jesus used these life stories, called parables.
Thanksgiving weekend, we participated in one of these life stories. Allow me to start at the beginning:
When she was about thirteen, she begged for a horse and riding lessons. Mom and Dad lived in town with limited income. Instead they taught, ‘let’s talk to God about this.’
An unconventional door to riding lessons opened through a stable outside of town. She was thrilled and thankful to God to muck out the stalls in exchange for riding lessons. For the next seven years, she worked at the stable, becoming stable boss. Thus— with the eyes of a child trusting her daddy, she learned to relax and wait in trust on God to open doors, then to do whatever He gave her to do. “He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:3NIV.
When the stable owner died, she discovered she was heir to her beloved horse. God had answered her childhood prayer for a horse of her own, fulfilling her dream. With her dream came a new commitment. Boarding fees, veterinarian bills, hoof care, etc. required she maintain her job at the stable, plus get a third job. Horses are high-maintenance.
Over the next year, she planned, scrimped and saved. To complete the dream, she needed to bring the horse to the family’s home in the country. One day she sat across from Grandpa Lou, “I’ve got a loan to build a barn and paddock. When it’s built will you move my horse home?”
Grandpa Lou promised he’d bring his truck and move her horse, whenever needed. We never heard another word from her. She explicitly trusted grandpa, not seeking an alternative plan. If grandpa couldn’t move her horse the exact date, he’d move Rebel soon thereafter. His word was gold in her bank. Her mom would pass along the date of the move. Every need was met.
The night before we were to move the horses, our granddaughter texted just before midnight. “See you at 10 a.m.Love you.” Thoughts never occurred to her to not trust Grandpa’s word. Hers was a perfect, authentic faith in Grandpa’s word.
After the horses were moved, I discussed with her the revelation I saw in her faith. “Grandma, you know how God gives you things you didn’t even ask for, but wanted? He knows us completely. When we ask Him for something, we’re supposed to trust how much He knows us. If He loves us as God, he’ll give us anything which is good for us. You’re supposed to know this. People are just too tense and untrusting.”
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matt 7:11ESV.
—‘Hello God, I’m sick. Will you give me some healing? I don’t know if I’ve been good enough to deserve being healed…’
—‘God I need $5000 to pay off my bills. Will you please help me? I know You could give me the winning lottery number.’
—‘Jesus, my child needs saved. Will you please save her? him? I know I’ve not been a perfect parent, but I don’t want my kid to end up in hell…’
All the words have been said to lay the groundwork for not receiving from God.
Meanwhile, your child puts an iPhoneX on the Christmas list. You run to the nearest Apple Store; pull out the plastic and swipe it. Viola! You’ve gotten the best gift for your precious baby. AND YOU DON’T EVEN CONSIDER— GOD WANTS TO GIVE YOU THE BEST GIFTS! All He is asking is for you to consider Him trustworthy, like you think you are. Because you aren’t really trustworthy. When you swiped the plastic, you maxed out the credit card and jeopardized everything else.
Bill Johnson, Bethel International Church Redding CA told— ‘he’d wanted a certain knife, simply because he liked it. One day he opened a small box from the mail. As he looked into the box, he saw the knife and a note, saying, ‘God told me to bless you with this knife.’
“Why God? I never asked You for this.” Bill said.
Immediately into his spirit jumped, Psm 37:4ESV “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I enjoy giving you gifts to make you happy Bill.”
How many times do we miss allowing God to give us our desires for His enjoyment? Or how often do we look at circumstances and don’t delight ourselves in Him as God? Perhaps, we don’t see God as a good Father, like our earthly fathers. Or we see Him as bad because of our earthly fathers. Maybe we think we have to tell God how things need to be accomplished, rather than simply trusting as a child.
We live in the mercy dispensation. If we don’t receive from God. there is one of two reasons. First, what we wanted was bad for us. Second, we didn’t look to God with the eyes of a child. The fault is never because God can’t. Look at how He cares for the birds. Will you trust Him? It’s your choice. You choose.
PRAYER: Father God forgive us for not seeing You with the eyes of a child. Take out our skeptic and untrusting ways, in Jesus’ name I pray.
by Debbie Veilleux