• A little child of four years, constantly asks the mother to allow him to play a game ‘fire-fire’ with his friends, which involves using matchsticks and papers
• A little boy seeks permission from the father to allow him to put out his head, to feel the strong breeze, as their car drives across very fast through the city
• A little girl of five, is insistent in wanting to cut onions, with a sharp knife, just as her mother does.
What do you think would be the answer of the parent in the above situations?
>> Would they allow….Yes?….. or No?
All of the above situations involved some danger…
All the above situations involves some risk..
>> And so, the parent, in the full interest and care of the child, would outrightly deny permission.
The parent would try to explain…
… that playing would fire, is dangerous pastime
…that putting the head out of the speeding vehicle would be fatal
…that trying to use the sharp knife can result in accidental cuts and wounds.
But would the child understand?
In some cases…they might.
>> But in many cases…perhaps, No!
The child would start weeping…crying…throwing tantrums!
They would even yell… even wail saying…
… “Why do you deny me?”
…”You don’t give me what I want”
… “You don’t understand me”..etc..
>> Is the parent really bad in denying the child?
>> Is the parent wanting to make the child sad by giving what is asked?
It is, in fact…
… out of deep love that the demands are not fulfilled as per the child’s desire.
… out of much care that the query are not answered as per the child’s wants.
Very often, is this not, our relationship too, in our prayer experience with God?
• We ask God for fulfilment of certain aspects…but we don’t seem to have it rewarded in the way we wish.
• We ask God for an answer in certain problems…but we don’t seem to get the solution in the manner we expect.
And so sometimes, we get agitated…we get irritated…we even lose our faith and trust!
The Gospel of the day presents the teaching of Jesus on having a proper attitude and disposition in prayer.
The Lord gives the analogy of the human father to expound the right understanding we should have with respect to prayer: “If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give good things to those who ask Him” (Mt 7: 11)
The Lord is clear in proclaiming that the God our Father would very surely bestow “good” things on His children.
>> “Good” not from our perspective…but from the way God looks at it.
>> “Good” not from the way we understand…but from the manner God sees it.
Just as the child who thinks is asking “good” things…we too ask many “good ” things..
… sometimes we are denied
… sometimes we are given after a while
… sometimes we are given something else
The denial…or the delay…or the different…is not because God wants to make us sad…
It’s simply because God loves us much deeply and cares much abundantly!
Yes, it is God’s pure love and unfathomable wisdom which sometimes causes…
…denials in our prayers
…delays in what we ask for
…differences in our demands and wants
>> What seems proper for us, in God’s amazing understanding, might not be proper!
>> What seems good for us, in God’s immeasurable wisdom, might not be good!
>> What seems just for us, in God’s glorious insight, might not be just!
Are we ready to grow in our trust in God, our Father, who knows and cares for us immensely?
>> Are we ready to build our faith in God, our Father, who will take us through any situation in life?
>> Let’s trust in God more and more…
… because we can only see a little bit down the road, but God can see every curve!
… because we can only see the struggling caterpillar, but God can see the beautiful butterfly!
… because we can only see the dark dismal clouds, but God can see the bright sunrays waiting to shine forth!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “ Stretch out your hand to Him like a little child to his father…
… so that He may lead you on!”