Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What Veruca Salt and I Have In Common

Look at me on a blogging roll!  God has really been stirring things up in my heart and I feel the need to share.  Do you ever have times in your life when you ask God for something, knowing you probably won't get it, but you ask anyway?  That one thing can consume you if you aren't careful.  I have been through peaks and valleys with this, asking God and handing it over to Him, but then taking it back and worrying over it.  I'm not really trusting in His perfect plan in this one area of my life. 

As I was reading from "Jesus Calling," here was His answer to me once again:
"Though I have brought many pleasures into your life, not one of them is essential.  Receive My blessings with open hands.  Enjoy My good gifts, but do not cling to them.  Turn your attention to the Giver of all good things, and rest in the knowledge that you are complete in Me.  The one thing you absolutely need is the one thing you can never lose: My Presence with you."

It can be easy for me to lose sight of how incredibly blessed I am.  I am not entitled to those blessings.  God could take them away at any time.  Sometimes I realize that I am acting like a spoiled brat, pouting when I don't get my way. "But I want an Oompa Loompa Now!" (in my whiniest Veruca Salt voice). If you aren't familiar with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

Doesn't God tell us "Ask and ye shall receive?"  I'm so glad God isn't like Veruca's indulgent father, giving in to her every ridiculous whim.  I want what I want, but I also want for things to fall in line with His plan so here I am caught in what I want vs. what God knows is best for me.  The control freak in me just wants to handle things all on my own.  The growing Christian part of me wants for God to align my heart with His. 
That's when I have to step back and pray. "God, please help me to love you more each day.  Help me to have a heart for You and Your people and to love what You love.  Help me to want only what you want for my life and to walk in obedience to Your will."


  1. That is one of our favorites too. My prone charming loves the Oompa Loompas.

  2. Oh my gosh, I'm such a Veruca! While I don't feel entitled, I can sure be whiny and impatient.

    This is a great lesson. Thanks :)

  3. Sunday night our Pastor was teaching from Psalms and he said, "We worry over tomorrow, when God wants us to trust Him because He is our Shield and Protector." Joy (age 4) leans over to me and says, "Mommy, I am not worried about tomorrow are you? What's to worry about in tomorrow?" Oh, to have the Biblical worldview and the faith of a child. She simply has trust. May we have that kind of trust in Christ alone.

  4. Thanks for your insight - You are soooooo right. It's not until I face something I totally cannot control, that I really plead my case and hand over the reigns to God.