Did you ever have something that wanted so badly that you were obsessed by it? When I was about 6 years old I longed with all my heart for a Glo-Worm – this fantastic green worm whose face would light up when you squeezed its tummy. I remember standing at the end of my parent’s bed at an unearthly house one Christmas showing off this fantastic gift. But once my Glo-Worm arrived my love infatuation with him waned quickly. You see when I slept with my beloved Glo-Worm I would roll over in the bed and press on his tummy without realising, his face would light up in a big glowing smile and I would wake up terrified and crying. I liked my Glo-Worm better when they took his batteries out.
Sometimes we think we want something and set our hearts on it, not realising that it is either not the best thing for us or it might even be dangerous. When my parents gave me the beloved Glo-Worm they were giving me gift out of love – they did not give it with the intention of bringing me harm or giving the whole house sleepless nights. My Glo-Worm was not the best thing for me, even though it seemed like lovely gift.
God, our heavenly father is the giver of good gifts:
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
In fact Jesus tells us to ask him for what we want, knowing that he will never give us something harmful:
Luke 11:9-13 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 11“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
If only we could let God choose what we long for – He wants to give us good things. We need to learn to realign our hearts towards Him and to trust Him with our desires and longings enough that when he says no we understand.
Psalms 42:1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. 2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Lord teach me to long after you alone and let my heart beat in synch with yours.