Not only did she want a new bike, but she also stated in her case that she needed one.
“I saw one for sale at a garage sale last weekend. Maybe they still have it.”
She implored me to look into this.
What my daughter didn’t know was that her dad and I had already given consideration to a new bike for her birthday, and we had our eyes set on a beautiful red bike from a department store.
“Please, please Mommy. Can you buy me that bike?” Her pleas turned into whines.
I wanted to say Yes, but I didn’t want to give away the surprise. I wanted to say, Yes, but I wanted to buy her a brand-new bike, not a garage-sale special.
When I said, “Let me think about it,” she heard, “No.”
I love my daughter and would do nothing to cause her pain. I couldn’t wait to see the look of surprise and joy on her face the morning of her birthday as we wheeled her shiny red bike into her bedroom. I couldn’t wait to hear the squeals of excitement and watch her jump out of bed to try to ride her new bike down the hall.
But as I bit my tongue to contain my own excitement, she read this as setting my jaw against a new bike.
What gave her the idea that I would deny her something she not only wanted but also needed? Hadn’t I taken care of her and given her all that she needed? Didn’t I show her my love through my words as well as my actions? Why would she doubt me now?
God shows me His love through His actions as well as in His Word. So why do I doubt Him?
When I take a prayer to God, sometimes I doubt that He will answer me. Many times I assume that His answer will be No. But is this fair? God is a gracious and giving Father. He loves me. Too many times, I don’t take a request to God because I feel that He may not give it to me. Imagine my daughter not asking for a new pair of shoes because she thinks that I may deny her this. I’d be hurt and offended by such a thought.
Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion (Luke 11:11-12 NIV)?
What a beautiful comparison.
Thanks Lynne. I’ve found many analogies between my children and me, and my God and me.
Funny how our kids teach us as much as we teach them. It must be because we’re all God’s children and need to learn about Him from each other.