God is Not Mall Santa.
Ever feel like Ralphie in A Christmas Story? I do.
Don't know what I'm talking about? Be enlightened:
I felt a little bit like this last week talking to my boss about opportunities to move up in the company...
"So, what exactly are you looking for?" he asked...
Yep. My brain definitely resonated with Ralphie, feeling the weight of my words to steer my future. What did I want? After the conversation, I thought to myself, "I didn't even mention that I'd be interested in an administrative position..." OH NO!
Don't worry, I didn't climb up any slides...
Now I'm not implying that my boss is Mall Santa. Though it doesn't help his case that yesterday, he zipped out of the office in a Santa suit yelling "Ho Ho Ho!"
I'm not even kidding. This really happened.
As I was laughing to myself in my cubicle thinking of all this, I had a beautiful realization:
God is not Mall Santa!
He's not Mall Santa for many reasons. First of all, He's just not Santa. He's not a Pez dispenser, vending machine, or magic genie either. He's the Almighty Loving Father!
Secondly, we never have to be afraid of God misunderstanding our requests, brushing them off, or not listening to us. Matthew 6:8 says that He knows what we need before we ask Him!
He even knows what we need better than we do! And that's sure refreshing for me because sometimes I have no clue what I need! Ask me about it in the item return line today...
Last night my roommate and I (well, mostly my roommate!) were making dinner for my boyfriend and I was in charge of getting the ingredients. In a rush after work, I power-walked through the aisles, throwing whatever I could in the cart - even 4 lbs of salsa.
Because, you know, that makes sense for 3 people...
All this to say, I'm so grateful God knows what I need better than I do!
He's good. He really is good. And He loves providing for us...accurately! I love the verse Matthew 7:9-11:
"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"
Is there something you're asking for or waiting for? God is faithful to take care of you. He's faithful to grow you and nurture you. He's wise in His timing and He gives great gifts. Just look at the concept of life! That's His gift to us!
Whatever we've been given, whatever we're asking for, we can always bask in the greatest gift of all: Our Father's not-Mall-Santa heart!