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Heavenly Father: The Ultimate Fairy Godmother?

By Hildie Westenhaver

I’ve tried not to bug Heavenly Father too much over the years. When I developed my theory of not wearing out my welcome with God I was probably in my late teens and it made a lot of sense. The idea being that if I never ask for much, when I really do need extra help, Heavenly Father would think, “oh, she never asks for anything, this must really be serious; I should help her out.”

The problem with this way of thinking is that it treats God like He’s some sort of fairy godmother whose main purpose is to grant our wishes. While that does happen from time to time, that’s not His job. How often I forget that Heavenly Father doesn’t exist to make our lives easier.

Frankly I was bummed to come to that realization.

He sent us here to make us into the absolute best version of ourselves.

And guess what! Fun, happy, wonderful things are not the things that make us into fabulous people.

That realization was an even bigger bummer.

Heavenly Father answers prayers. I know this with absolute certainty. But I also know that the answer I’m hoping for is 95% of the time not the same answer that our Father has. I can either be a big pouty pants and shake my fist at God that He’s not listening to me because obviously I know how I want my life to be way better than He does. Or I can sit down and try to understand my struggles from His point of view.

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