Looking For The Elephants (Luke 11:11-13)

As a young child, my daughter had a love for elephants. She would often draw pictures of them and had stuffed elephants adorning her bedroom. When I traveled, I made sure I brought back an elephant momento for her. And of course, any visit to a zoo would not be a success without seeing these magnificent pachyderms.


One famous zoo we visited was renowned for their elephant collection. As expected, my daughter insisted on seeing the elephants-first. Located in the back of the zoo, we had to pass nearly every other animal exhibit. I attempted to convince my daughter to stop and marvel at these other animals but to little avail. “Daddy, I want to see the elephants!”


After navigating the labyrinthine pathways through the zoo, we arrived at the elephants. As we soaked in the magnificence of these beautiful animals, my daughter’s face beamed. I turned to her and asked, “Are you happy?”


“Yes Daddy!” She didn’t avert her eyes. “Thank you!”


It was a very special time in my daughter’s life. Although she does not have the same adoration for elephants as she once did, at that time in her life, little else mattered. I was more than happy to make her dreams come true.


As I reflect upon my relationship with God, my heavenly Father, I wonder how many times He has given me what I desired for no reason other than to make me happy? God answers all of my prayers, according to His will. Intercessory prayers on behalf of another always appear to be a noble request and I am never hesitant to do so. What about when I am praying for myself, for seemingly gratuitous reasons, only to make myself happy? There are many prayers that God has affirmatively answered in my life when the only reason I could reasonably discern was that God did it just to make me happy. Selfish? Perhaps. My experiences with my daughter have helped me to understand that God is also a doting Father, willing to grant my earnest desires if only to bring me joy for that moment in time and appreciate His exceedingly abundant love.


What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

Luke 11:11-13 (ESV)


God always answers my prayers and He gives me what I need, not necessarily what I want. He has made all of my dreams come true and I know that even more blessings are awaiting. In spite of my selfish desires, God continues to love me. His greatest blessing was to give me His Holy Spirit when I confessed and repented of my sins and accepted His Son, Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior.


What a merciful and loving God we serve!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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