I want it nooowwww!

It’s 9:27.  Not in the morning…at night.  Little man is insistent that the end of the world will probably happen if he isn’t allowed a bowl of ice cream.  I decide to take my chances with the apocalypse.

“But…mama!”
“No.  You’re supposed to be in bed.  Isn’t that where you were 3 1/2 minutes ago?”
“But..MAMA!”
“I want you to have ice cream- but not right now.  Tomorrow.  It’s bedtime.”

My LEO and I have been trying to get a new truck.  He needs something bigger, but circumstances have not been favorable to us being able to afford one right away.  After all, I married a cop and there are trade offs for the super studly duty belt and cool lights on his car.  The day before the Battle of the Ice Cream Bowls, we had found the perfect truck and were so excited to get the news about whether or not we’d be riding it down the highway the next morning.  Well, we wouldn’t be.

That night, my prayer sounded very familiar.

“But GOD… we NEEDED that truck.”

Really? I mean, he has one that currently runs okay, so we aren’t really in need of the truck.

“But we want it now!”

Ah.  There it is.  The root of the actual problem.  What I want and what God knows we need are, often, two very different things.  Much like my conversation with little man, I believe He wants us to have good things.  I believe that because Jesus said so in Matthew:

“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!” Matthew 7:11

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray without ceasing.” I can do that.

(By the way, the next day, little man totally scored chocolate chip cookie dough Ben and Jerry’s at his Mamaw’s. Don’t feel too bad for him!)

Sending love,

-Brandi

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