At a recent Bible study, a friend shared a story of her young daughter who had taken a pair of scissors and cut up the comforter on her bed.
When my friend discovered the damaged quilt hidden under another blanket, she was not happy! She shook her head in disbelief and asked,”Why? What were you thinking? Why would you cut up your comforter?”
Her daughter responded, “Because I needed the filling inside to make a pillow for my dolly.”
My friend was beyond frustrated as she thought of all the batting she had just down the hall in her craft room! She had an abundance of what her daughter needed! It was just sitting there, ready to be used!
But her daughter never asked.
Instead, she took things in her own hands and did irreparable damage to a comforter.
She was left with a pillow that would not last. It was just a folded handkerchief stuffed with bits of stolen fluff instead of the beautiful, pillow that her mother could have helped her make.
After we had all laughed and commiserated with this mom, I immediately thought of how often we act just like this young daughter.
We see a need, whether real or imaginary and instead of going to our heavenly Father with that need, we take matters in our own hands.
We cut and paste and scheme, leaving behind a trail of damage and hurt and frustration.
Our feeble efforts are never are good or as eternal as the ones we leave to God’s hands.
They are just bits of stolen fluff wrapped in our own devises.
Our Heavenly Father has everything we could ever need.
All we have to do is ask.