I had a conversation with a friend about making wishes, like “I wish I could get my roof replaced,” and a week later there was a hail storm that totaled the roof. Then my friend said, “Be careful what you wish for. What if I had wished I were dead?”
We make crazy little “wishes” as if they were “fishes” (an old saying) without giving them much thought. I’ve been known to say, “If I could only win the lottery, then I could ….” But I rarely buy a lottery ticket. To win, you must play.
In my faith life, I have said, “I wish I knew more about the Old Testament.” And in the past, when I tried read books such as Numbers and Kings, I’ve gotten discouraged. In a way of receiving my “wish,” God provided me with a Bible-reading buddy who has studied the Old Testament. He keeps me disciplined to daily reading and helps me either find a source to explain what I’ve read or clarifies it. The best thing is that we can do our morning reading by phone, while resting after a hike using a cell phone Bible app, over a cup of coffee at Starbuck’s, or around the kitchen table.
Lord, help us wish for realistic things you can provide. Amen.