Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

The other night I gave little RaRa our two-year old, two pieces of candy. Well, her eyes gleamed and she smiled with delight as she ate her candy. As, I watched her enjoying the first piece of candy, she continued to smile and sort of giggled with joy. It was at that time that I noticed how late in the evening it was and I thought to myself, “she doesn’t need to eat another piece of this sugary candy before going to bed”. I picked up the second piece of candy that I had laid beside her. Well, she saw what I did and her whole demeanor changed. She started to cry, even though she still had the first piece of candy in her mouth.  When this occurred God quickly showed me how I act like this little two-year old with Him.

Reflective Understanding:

We often forget God knows our heart better than we do. He desires to give us good things. He wants us to enjoy all of what he has given us, whether it is physical or material things. For example, God may give us great health, wealth, a good marriage, notoriety, talent, freedom, and yes-even candy. Well, in the giving He may in His infinite wisdom take away one of the things that were given to us. Now, even though we may be delighting ourselves in one or many of the gifts that He has given us, that one discomfort will cause us great suffering and pain. You may ask, “If He loves me, than, why does He take things from me’? I believe the word we should look at is “take”.  I did not “take” the candy from RaRa I “removed” it. She will receive that candy or a different piece later. That was my plan for her.

I believe, sometimes we   allow the enemy to blind us to what God is trying to do in our lives. Then what makes matters worse is, we neglect what hasn’t been taken or cease to enjoy it. Some people would rather give up and have a pity party. I am not saying that it won’t hurt or you won’t cry. My point is not to stay there and whaler.  Dwell on the good that you still have.  Also, realize that when loved ones go to see Jesus, that God is only removing them from one place to another. You will see them again. This is the same thought process with loss of jobs, homes, and even our children growing apart from us.

We need to enjoy the good that still exists in our lives and focus on them.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Prayer:

Our Father who art in Heaven Please forgive me for not being appreciative of the good gifts you have given me. Help me Lord to focus on what I have and not what I perceive I have loss. For I believe you know what is best for me and I trust you in your wisdom for my life.

Amen