We were staying at my parent’s house last weekend when a funny thing happened. Dad gave our youngest child a present… an unused specimen jar (no less). A short while later I witnessed a conversation between my eldest child and my dad. “Grandpa, because you gave one of those things to Sammy can you please give me something else? It doesn’t have to be the same… please?”
The sense of ridiculous got to me immediately… She was so cut up about missing out on a specimen jar (unused, I add again). “Hopey! Really! I can’t tell you the things that Grandpa has given you. Even when you are all grown-up you will still be discovering the things that Grandpa has given you. Please don’t worry about the specimen jar.”
Then I went for a jog. And got to thinking. Am I asking (begging even) God for a specimen jar of my own? Is he looking at me in bewilderment saying “Oh my little child. If you only knew what I have given you! We will be well into eternity before you stop discovering the things that I have given you.”And isn’t that what we should expect? “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – these things God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9b)
How much more fun would it be to start looking for the magnificent things that we have been given and to rest in knowing that the God of the universe loves us than to sit around begging for a specimen jar.