“And I want a chocolate cake
with pink frosting and red Kool-Aid and chocolate-chip ice cream and—”
I put up a hand, stopping my
six-year-old daughter’s monologue. “I know exactly what you want,
sweetie. Down to the last jelly bean.”
“Jelly beans!” she said. “I
forgot about the jelly beans on top of the cake. I want pink ones and
red ones, no black ones at all, save those for Dad, and purple ones
“Let me handle it. I said I’d
give you a whopper of a birthday party and I meant it. But you’re
taking all the fun out of it by telling me how to do it.”
“I just want to make sure it’s
done right,” she said. “I want you to know exactly—”
“I know all about your
exactlys.” I pulled her under my arm for a hug. “I know you. I know
everything you like. I know what makes you happy. I can go into a store
full of a thousand dolls and pick the one you’d like the best.”
“The one with the fanciest
I nodded. “I can go to the
cookie aisle at the grocery store and never miss.”
“Oreos,” we said together.
“So relax,” I said. “Trust me.
I’ll give you a birthday party you’ll never forget.”
She left me alone to plan the
party. I got out a notepad, popped the tab on a can of Diet Coke, and
settled into a comfy chair.
“What’s the theme? We have to
have a theme,” I mumbled to myself. Her birthday was close to Easter
this year . . . I shot up straight. “Rabbits. We can have a rabbit
theme.” I started scribbling notes.
I wish she’d trust me.
“The girls can make rabbits out
of Styrofoam balls . . .”
Doesn’t she realize I
know her innermost dreams?
“. . . they can have hats and
wiggly eyes . . .”
When she keeps bugging
me about how she wants it done, it hurts my feelings.
“We’ll get bunny-shaped boxes
and fill them with candy.”
She takes some of the
joy away when she doesn’t leave me alone to give freely.
“I’ll get pastel-colored plates
and napkins and have balloons to match.”
Didn’t she know I’d
give her the world if she’d let me? I wish someone knew my deepest
dreams. I wish someone would offer me my greatest desires—
I stopped. Oh dear.
Someone did know my deepest
dreams. Someone did offer me my greatest desires.
Had I been like my daughter,
directing God, putting in my two-cents instead of trusting Him? Was He
reluctant to fulfill my dreams until I showed Him that I believed in
I put the notepad aside and
bowed my head. I revamped my prayers—the ones I pestered God with on a
regular basis. I gave Him my heart’s desire and said, “Take care of
Fear grabbed hold of me. What
if He didn’t want to give me my dream? What if it wasn’t in His plan?
fear the reason I kept badgering Him with the details of how I
wanted my prayers to be answered (just like my daughter kept after me
with mentions of chocolate cake and jelly beans?)
I took a deep breath and calmed
my breathing. I forced the fear to let me go. My next prayer was hard.
“Whatever You want is fine with
me, Lord. Even if You choose to close the door on my dream, I know
You’ll show me something better.”
I sat back, feeling satisfied
and content. Now that I was letting God plan the party of my life, I
knew He’d create a whopper.
I can hardly wait.
Take delight in
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)