She dances and twirls over to him, lost in her make believe world of princesses and sunshine. Blonde pigtails rest on her shoulders and she turns her big, blue eyes up. Up, up, up — to her daddy.
He smiles. Not just a lips-turned-up smile — rather, an eye twinkling smile. A smile that brings out all the little wrinkle lines around his eyes. He reaches down and pulls her up into his lap. “What is it honey?”
Blue eyes fix onto his and she tilts her head up and earnestly whispers in his ear. Honest and innocent she is. There is no shame or selfishness… she simply brings him her humble, childish request.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 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!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
What kind daddy doesn’t want to give his little girl a gift she desires? Pink ballet slippers, a lollypop, a colorful balloon, a new dress. Fill in the blank for yourself. God wants us to ask Him for good things. He wants to give us good gifts!
Of course, if the little blonde-haired girl demands and pleads and throws a tantrum while she’s asking, that daddy will not be as inclined to give it to her. He will still want her to have the gift – if it is good – but if he gives it to her when she is viewing it as a “right” or that she “deserves” it, she won’t receive it for the gift it is.
Ask with the humbleness and unassuming spirit of a little child. Ask, and then God will decide if it’s the best gift His little girl could have. He might wait awhile. He might give an even better one! 😀
“God never withholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful- “severe mercies” at times- but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.” –Elisabeth Elliot