Gifting vs. Grasping
I’ve been reading a fascinating book at the encouragement of a friend. It’s called “Theology of the Body for Beginners“* Very cool. One of the lessons which struck me was the one on gift vs. grasp. It’s our current social epidemic.
In the Garden God had many gifts for Adam and Eve. Instead of trusting Him and waiting for Him to gift them with the things they needed, they decided to grasp for what they wanted – because of the fear that Satan planted in their hearts about God selling them short – and chaos ensued for all of us.
Before we judge them over-harshly, let’s look at our own lives. How often do we go get something on a credit card instead of waiting for God to give it to us in His perfect timing in His perfect way? I sense the panic rising in me when something I really want is on sale and I don’t have the cash in hand or in the bank to purchase it. I rush ahead of God and slap it on my Visa.
But it’s not just in finance. It’s in many areas: I want super fast healing, I want instantaneous success, I want perfect children and a perfect husband – now!
God has many gifts for me, and if I can manage to keep my eyes on Him instead of keeping my eyes on what I perceive to be my need I think I’d find many more miracles, many more opportunites to bless and be blessed by others, many more moments of deep and awesome intimacy with my God.
It’s all about patience and trust. I have very little of both. How about you?
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