But I didn't. Because we have plenty of other tractors, trucks and cars in our house. Because I don't want our son to think that he can have everything he wants and/or sees. Because Christmas is a little over two weeks away and I am confident there are a couple of Grandma's who probably bought our little man some new trucks. So Zeke kept the magazine for a couple of days, looked at the tractor, and when we went to Shopko to get gifts for the Angel Tree, we made a mad dash through that toy aisle.
As I thought about this desire I had to buy Ezekiel that new tractor, I couldn't help but think of these words from Jesus:
"'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him?'" - Matthew 7:7-11, NASB (emphasis mine)Our God is good. We need look no further than a manger in Bethlehem and a cross on Calvary and an empty tomb to remember that.
He knows our needs. He knows the desires of our heart. And He knows what is best for us. Just because He withholds does not mean He is absent, deaf, or unloving. Our Father is simply doing what is best for us.
Teaching us as we wait upon Him. Learning to be content with what we have. Leaning upon Him for strength. Looking to Him to provide grace for the moment. Trusting Him to meet our needs.
"Every good thing and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." - James 1:17, NASB (emphasis mine)