"So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him." (Matt. 7:11 NLT)
I was in a local store recently when I saw something that opened a
window into my soul and let in a little more light. I had just picked up
some shampoo and was headed to the pet supplies to get some more dog
food for my furry friends. I decided to take a shortcut through one of
the toy aisles. Blocking my way, however, was a young father and his
four year old daughter. The little girl was pleading with her Dad to buy
her a new doll. The Dad was being gentle but firm telling her they
couldn't afford it right now. Finally, the daughter burst into tears and
said angrily, "I hate you!"
I thought that the father would get mad at her for this outburst. I know
that I probably would have when I was his age. Instead he just smiled
down at her, put his hand on her head, and said, "That's alright. You'll
love me later". I stood there in amazement as he took her hand and they
walked off. Then it dawned on me that I had been in this situation many
times myself over the years but not as the father.
Many times over the years I have cried and thrown a fit when I didn't
get what I wanted. Many times I grew angry at God when I felt my prayers
weren't being answered. Through them all, though, our Heavenly Father
was patient, loving, and kind with me. He knew that I didn't understand
why certain things had to happen the way they did. He knew that my anger
was a part of my growing up spiritually in this world. He knew that I
would love Him later.
God loves us all so much. We are all His Children. But we are still
growing up spiritually in this world. We don't know all the answers.
That is why we need to trust in our Heavenly Father's Love and give Him
ours as well. It is never too late to love God. It is never too late to
invite Him into your soul. It is never too late to let His light guide
Joseph J. Mazzella