You don’t always get what you want – but you get what you need
The Rolling Stones
This scripture below is my son’s favorite scripture verse – he loves it in the NIV but I love the Message Bible:
Ephesians 3:20 (Message Bible)
20-21God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
I love this passage because it is a gentle reminder of God’s nature – at work in and through our lives.
Just like a child who requests a special gift for a Christmas present from his parents – so we often make our requests known to God. Only with us – we are so limited in our thinking – seeing and perspective on life that we don’t always know what to ask for. Luckily, for our sake – we don’t always get what we want – or what we think we want. But we DO get what we need.
Ever have a reminder of a past event in your life? An event that you thought at the time was the end of the world? A lost relationship, job or situation? And like a child – you cried and begged God to fix it – heal it – or turn it around? Only to find out weeks, months or years later that it was the best thing NOT to have had your way? The great lyricist, Cindy Morgan – said in one of her songs, “heartaches are often blessings in disguise”. How true this is. But we DON’T often see it that way at the time. We need perspective and space away from the event to determine this in our own hearts and lives.
No we don’t always get what we want. We can fuss and fume – rant and rave – cry, scream and stomp our feet – even have accusatory arguments with God and still…we don’t always get what we want. But here is a guarantee that you can take to the bank: You will always get what you need.
And part of that guarantee is that not only will we get what we need – but far above that – far above what we could even ask or dream for ourselves. Because He made us – knows us – is concerned about the daily concerns of our daily existence – we know for sure that He has something very wonderful planned for us – to surprise us – much like a parent will surprise their child with a special gift the child was not even asking for or expecting! “Our wildest dreams”.
What are your wildest dreams? Do you still have them? Have you stopped dreaming? Do you hesitate to ask God anything good for your life – because of past disappointments? Because, maybe – you didn’t get what you wanted? And you failed to see the “bigger picture” of what you needed instead?
I love that God works gently in and through us – doing a deep work within us. Working to give us – not only what we need – but to far surpass our wildest expectations!
Dream BIG – Live with great expectation – Dare to ask far above and beyond – allow Him to do that deep work in your life – to produce in you the ability to see beyond your “wants” – to just satisfy the temporary. Ask Him for a vision of your life – as He sees you – and wants to bless you. Make 2010 a year of victory – and no regrets.
Do it. Do it today.