Our Lord asks, “which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?”. If I ask, out of the deep longing of my heart, as Our Lord commands us to do, and the answer is No, it is very hard not to think that I have been given a stone.
CS Lewis writes in “The Weight of Glory,”
“”¦ if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
The problem is not that God has said No to the deepest longings of my heart.
The problem is that I have not longed deeply enough.
Our Lord says “If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
I can’t imagine what those good things are, that surpass what I want.
But the poverty of my imagination does not limit the graciousness of my heavenly Father.
Read it all.