When I was quite young, maybe seven, my family vacationed in the Wild West. We stopped at a huge roadside store in the middle of nowhere. While still in the car, our parents told us we could chose anything we wanted as a souvenir. Of course we headed straight for cheap junk. One brother chose a tom-tom, one a fake Indian war bonnet, and me? I went for a pink plastic case of make-up. Our horrified parents presented more acceptable options. One brother gave in and agreed to a hand tooled leather belt. But I, full of righteous indignation, insisted that we were told we could have anything we wanted. I refused to look at the turquoise jewelry set in silver Mom tried to show me. I can still feel my younger self, arms tight across chest, back turned, chin lifted high, and foot stomping.jewelry-861143_640

The compliant brother got his tom-tom along with the leather belt. I smoldered at this injustice, but, I did get the make-up kit. Back in the car, I tore open the package and found…..nothing but plastic. It was fake, pretend make-up, not the real thing I’d expected.

I’m afraid I haven’t changed much. I still insist on my own way, refusing to even look at the better choices God is offering far too often. Perhaps what I want is just as phony as that fake make-up. The Bible says God has stored up wonderful things for those who love him.* What am I forfeiting by insisting on my own way?

In an old jewelry box I’d forgotten I owned, I found a small turquoise ring set in silver. I don’t know where it came from, but I wonder. Did my parents buy what they wanted me to have in spite of my behavior? Does our heavenly Father give us what he wants us to have? Are we too obsessed with our desires to see the wonders we’ve already been given? What blessings hide, like that ring, in my jewelry box? I don’t have answers to these questions. Register below to share your thoughts, or comment on the Cardinal-Sound Facebook page.

Have a blessed day, enjoying the real authentic blessings God sends every single day.

*Bible references: Psalm 31:19:How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.
Isaiah 64:4: Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
1Corinthians 2:9: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.

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