A Lesson From OUR Pet Bird
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him? ” Matthew 7:9-11 (GW)
We have a pet bird, which over the years has learned to associate the sound of paper or foil wrappers crinkling with his getting a "hand-out". So whenever he hears that sound, he begs for a part of whatever is being eaten. Most of the time his quest is successful; but at others it is refused because the food being consumed, especially those containing chocolate, as it is very determinable to his physical well being. Unfortunately, our bird is unable to distinguish between good or bad treats, so if his request refused, he usually chirps his complaint and becomes non-social for a while. Fortunately, he has a rather short-term memory!
Observing his reaction to our refusal to grant all of his requests caused me to reflect on how we as humans, react much like our bird when our prayer requests are seemingly denied. However, unlike our pet, we have a longer memory and persist in harboring ill feelings because of their denial. Perhaps, at those times, it would be appropriate for us to ponder the above Scripture and accept that our God has greater knowledge and wisdom for our well being than we do.