If wishes were fishes …

“You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care?” James 4:4

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.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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