Last year, I read Stephen King’s memoirs, On Writing. I’m not a fan of King’s work but had heard that it was a great book on the art of writing. In it, he writes of being a young boy and asking his new baby sitter for a fried egg. She made it. He asked for another. She made it. And another and another and another. He remembers eating 7 eggs before they all came back up.
We are sometimes like that little boy who wants another egg. And another. And another. We come to God with our requests, but honestly, we don’t know what’s good for us. But thankfully this is our heavenly FATHER we’re speaking to.
Normally, fathers don’t treat their children in mean, nasty ways. If my son, Kaleb, is hungry for a sandwich, I don’t put peanut butter inside of it, just so he’ll have an allergic reaction. No – I try to be like most fathers in the world – we give our children what is good for him.
Your Heavenly Father wants to give you good gifts as well. We’re not asking him to do something that is contrary to his nature. In Matthew, Jesus tells us:
“Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 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 7:9-11)
God wants his children to have a good life. The question for us is “What is the good life?” We may want more and more fried eggs but our Father knows what we need to grow into the men and women, he wants us to become.
Ask him for what you need.
But as you are asking, always keep yourself humble. For you are the child and he is the all-knowing heavenly Father who is not only willing to give you gifts but knows which gifts are best for his children (and it may not be another fried egg!)