I don’t know how to receive gifts without this constant low-rumbling feeling that I don’t deserve them. That I haven’t earned them.
Gifts from others, yes, but most especially gifts from God.
We are in a season of extreme change. There are more question marks floating around our heads than definitive periods. It’s hard for me to bend down and scrub my baseboards right now because I don’t even know if that baseboard will belong to me in a short amount of time. Something deep in my gut longs for a little more than this 1100 square foot house that holds all 5 of us and our belongings, but this longing in my gut hits a brick wall in my mind and I somehow feel better telling myself that I don’t need or deserve such an outrageous dream. I have been blissfully happy in this home for the majority of the last 6 years, but I’m suddenly beginning to yearn for more.
“I need to be able to make 1100 square feet work. There are people in the world who live in huts with dirt floors for God’s sake! How can I possibly justify not being able to make this 1100 square feet work?!?!”
These thoughts hound me until I become vaguely aware that the voice of God does not operate in such a way- berating and confusing and making one feel wretched and unworthy. His voice comes with hope and conviction and peace and life! So I try to ignore the part of my brain that has convinced itself that it needs to sit quietly in the corner, keeping its heart-requests quiet.
“Be the child that doesn’t rock the boat. Be the child that doesn’t require special attention or favors. Be the child that doesn’t pester.”
The problem is, that is EXACTLY the child that God commands me to be! I am to ask and pester and long and dream before Him! I am to pound the door and frazzle the judge and ask like a child whose heart is set on that ONE thing in life like a shark after blood.
“I want a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time!”
Does asking mean that I am guaranteed to get what I want? (Currently, in my case, a little more elbow room for my family to expand into?) No! Absolutely not. I am not guaranteed anything in this life other than a desperate need for God. But by not even trusting His goodness enough to ask for the things that are in this heart that He created? What treason!! God has never once demanded that I not speak unless spoken to! He has never once commanded me to stifle everything that makes my heart surge to life! All he asks is that I ask… in honesty and truth… trusting that His answer will be good and trustworthy, no matter what it may be.
It makes me feel so silly, but so ALIVE… this asking big things of God. Are all of my requests bathed in spirituality and high virtue? Heck no! One of my most recent requests has been for a small kitchen appliance, of all things. Is a small kitchen appliance something to bother to the God of the Universe about? I’m beginning to believe… yes.
He cares for you! Not the spiritual facade of you, but the real you! The one with the mess all around and these raw desires beating in your chest! And, oh imagine… just IMAGINE the glory and honor and praise He will draw from your heart and your lips when your big & small requests come to fruition! Even a small kitchen appliance will seem a holy relic then, almost too holy to touch with bare hands, because it is most assuredly a gift directly from the hand of the God of the Universe, who cares for you.
So, I’m scrawling my requests out on a journal page… writing my heart out on paper… and seeking to know His heart in His Word so that my desires will slowly, over a lifetime, begin to look more and more like His own. Like an old married couple who can finish each other’s sentences, my desires and requests will, by the grace of God, become mere extensions of His thoughts and His heart. For now, it’s elbow room and small kitchen appliances and clarity. And I believe that the God who pours out blessings on those who could never even hope to deserve them or earn them hears me!
I believe that He hears me, and that He cares.