Do you think God is a Sugar Daddy passing out our every desire? Well, sometimes, He is!
Ron and I never had a particular desire to go on a road trip with another couple, at least one that wasn’t family. Then at lunch one day with my dear proofreader and her husband, we ascertained that both our fiftieth anniversaries were coming up. Lenda asked if we were planning anything. Nope, says I.
So places for trips were mentioned. I threw in that I’ve wanted to go see the ark since they started building it! The conversation rolled around the table, and before you knew it, we’re planning a trip to Kentucky in two weeks–a desire of my heart!
Actually, I’d watched the ark being built on Facebook after my grandson brought it to my attention. The Ark Encounter opened for business the same year two of my Biblical fiction books launched: Then the Deluge Comes and Replenish the Earth launched.
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7:11
The trip was a gift from God—a desire of my heart. I’d wanted to go so bad. We left early on a Monday morning.
The first night we drove to Clarksville, Tennessee—I live in Clarksville, Texas—but it’s more like that’s the real one since it’s the one in the song “Take the last train to Clarksville!” My Clarksville doesn’t have a train, not anymore.
We left early the next morning—have I mentioned that I’m a night owl and not an early bird? So maybe not so early to the others, but way early for me!—to drive the few more hours to Williamstown. Finally, after lunch, we arrived and first laid eyes on the ark’s replica. AMAZING!
I kid you not, it took my breath away. It’s so gianormous! I thought of Noah—the major character in those two stories I mentioned, a man I knew well from their pages. I considered him building that humongous boat with his daddy and grandfather and three boys . . . on nothing more than a Word from the Lord.
That’s how I want to be, so obedient that I’d do such a huge thing just because God said so. I walked way ahead of the others, so excited to be inside.
Hebrew music greeted my ears. Traffic was light that afternoon, and the ark’s wide halls bade me dance to the soul-stirring music. I took a spin or two, holding my hands out to the side, my heart bulging by the minute so very grateful to my Father for His love toward me.
I knew I was there just because I wanted to go and He loved me so. And Ron, too . . . he made the trip because he knew how much I’d talked about going to see it for the last two years. Plus, I suppose our Father pricked his heart to take me.
One day, Abba will make a way for me to go to Israel . . . to walk the streets in Jerusalem where His Son walked. Maybe I’ll twirl a little there with my heart swelling so that my chest can bare contain it—if I can dance at all. I might just have to get prone on the sacred ground.
So maybe He isn’t a ‘sugar daddy’ to give us whatever we want. Maybe the verse means that He will put the desires there that are in our hearts that will accomplish for His plans and purposes. Either way, whatever you think, it proves His great, unfailing, never-ending, everlasting LOVE for us!
I know He will let me walk those streets in His Holy City because He loves me. He knows well my heart with its deep craving to obey His every Word. Oh the glory!
What is the desire of your heart? Or desires!
I’ll giveaway those two books with Noah . . . answer my question and I’ll draw a winner from those who comment 🙂 I LOVE God so much. Let’s see who He blesses! —winner announced in one week!