A little girl watched with envy as her older brother and his friends worked a gumball machine outside the local hardware store. When she asked her brother for a gumball, he told her he didn’t have any more quarters for the machine and she would have to use her own allowance for such treats.
When her father arrived at home that evening, the little girl approached him to make her request, “Daddy, can I have a quarter?” Feeling generous, the father pulled out his wallet and offered his daughter a crisp new twenty-dollar bill.
Not realizing what the bill was, the little girl refused the paper money. As far as she was concerned, it was useless – it wouldn’t fit into the gumball machine. She said, “No, I don’t want that. I want a quarter.”
Are there times when we deal with our Heavenly Father as this little girl dealt with her father? Do we sometimes ask for some small favor, refusing His offer of a blessing that is a hundred times more valuable?
God may not answer our prayer precisely as we would desire, but we can always know He has answered our prayers in the way that is best for us.
The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:25