She hasn't done that since she was about 2. It made for a rough morning for her, myself, and my husband, who was her designated babysitter for the day. Hard for her to stop crying, hard for me to leave while she was crying, and hard for my husband not to take it personally that she was crying. Yet despite offers of donuts and other various no-fail-cheer-up-material, she still cried. HARD. Buckets, even.
She was so focused on what she was losing, she couldn't see what was being offered her.
She was so stuck on what she couldn't have, that she was blinded to the blessings in front of her.
Yikes. Sound familiar? I know it struck home for me.
How often do we get so caught up in the specifics of how God "isn't" answering our prayers, that we don't see what He IS doing in our lives? He's blessing our socks off, and we're stuck on the "but You didn't do X".
We blame Him for failing us when He's standing there with a box of piping hot donuts and chocolate milk. We tell Him His provision and gifts aren't enough, yet He's offering us a gift of absolute epic value - Himself. His presence. His promises. His strength. His peace. His joy. HIM. His Son. His Holy Spirit.
My challenge for all of us today, no matter what storm we face, is that we Get Real with God. Take off the mask of indifference, shed the facade of apathy, and ACCEPT His gifts. With open arms and open hearts.
Dry your tears, and eat a donut.
Then bask in your Father's presence. He is Constant. Good. and Sovereign.