God's Gifts Are Good
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 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 7:9–11 (niv)
Did you ever beg for a bicycle when you were in grade school? Then, in one of those dream-come-true moments, you woke up on your birthday morning and there it was: bright, shiny, red, with plastic tassels on the handlebars. You walked it down the front porch and aimed for the sidewalk. The bike was bigger than you’d realized. You tried out the seat and the bike tilted from side to side. Much scarier than you had expected. The ground looked a long way off.
When my first novel was released, my editor called me to say, “I’m holding your book. Would you like to come and get one?” I was off the phone and into my car in a flash, zipping down the road to my publisher’s office. There it was. My dream-come-true moment. Bright, shiny, red, with raised lettering and the delicious smell of ink.
The euphoria passed as a realization hit me. People would be reading it. Strangers who might not like it. Reviewers and critics. What if the book totally flopped? Could I handle the disappointment? Plus, I was contracted to write more. What if I couldn’t? What if the words dried up? The whole idea of writing novels was scarier and bigger than I’d expected. I felt wobbly and way too far from the ground. How could I pedal this big, beautiful gift? With the book on the passenger seat, I drove home subdued. “Lord, I know this is a gift, but it also scares me.”
Jesus’ words from Luke came to mind. God’s gifts are good. If He gives us a bike, He will also hold the handlebars and keep us balanced. He runs alongside us and teaches us how to ride. He doesn’t give gifts that come back to bite us. His gifts are beyond what we can ask and imagine. And even though they sometimes bring new responsibilities and challenges, we can pedal down the block without fear.
FAITH STEP: As you unwrap the gift of a new year, if it feels a little big and frightening, ask Jesus to guide you and help you keep your balance as you face each new adventure.
Written by Sharon Hinck
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