A Power Wheel for Beth
“Take delight in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
– Psalm 37:4
I was making an early Saturday morning Wal-Mart run to pick up pancake mix for a “daddy breakfast” when I spotted it: A US Army “Desert Storm”, camouflage-colored Jeep Power Wheel. In case you don’t know, a Power Wheel is a kid-sized, motorized vehicle powered by a rechargeable motorcycle battery.
When I was a kid the closest thing I ever had to anything like that was a little tractor…powered by me pushing the pedals! I would have given my right arm for a Power Wheel.
It was October 1993 and our oldest daughter, Beth, had just turned five. (Note that Christmas was only three months away.) Now I had seen a red Barbie convertible Power Wheel on TV, but that’s too “girly” for me. No, sir, my girl was going to have a Jeep-complete with knobby tires, walkie-talkie, and a water can on the back.
The thing cost a fortune and weighed a ton, but I bought it on the spot and had to get help loading it in the car. (I was so excited that I forgot the pancake mix…but that’s another story.)
Back home, my wife, Angela, and I were able to get it unloaded and discreetly hidden in the only closet in the house with a lock. Mission accomplished. Christmas shopping for Beth was done!
But there was a problem; we now had the task of making Beth want it.
So for ten weeks, we worked on her. Every time a Toys R Us catalog came in the mail we’d open it up and say, “Wow, there’s a Power Wheel.” During Saturday morning cartoons when the commercials came on for Power Wheels, we’d say, “Hey, Beth, wouldn’t it be cool to ride in one of those things?” When we were at the store we’d put her in one of those $.25 mechanical cars that bounce back and forth and say, “Wouldn’t this be fun to do every day?”
In mid-December, it happened. Beth ran into the living room one evening and said, “Mommy and Daddy, I know what I want from Santa…a Power Wheel!” Success!! She wrote her letter to Santa and drew a picture of the Power Wheel so there’d be no miscommunication.
On Christmas morning the joy in our home was unbelievable and overflowing. Tears of great joy flowed freely as there under the Christmas tree was a bright shiny new Jeep Power Wheel. Beth had received “the desires of her heart.”
God is like that with us. In Genesis 2:18 God said it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone so he made Eve, a helper suitable for him. And then God discreetly put her in the closet for a little while…until just the right time.
Now all God had to do was to make Adam want her. So in Genesis 2:19, God brought all the male and female animals to Adam for him to name. Adam noticed over and over again that everything in God’s creation had a mate, “but for Adam, no suitable helper was found.”
God already knew what he had in the closet for Adam…and it was good! And now Adam wanted it, longed for it. Then one morning, after a night of sound sleep, Adam awoke and God introduced him to Eve. The joy in Adam’s heart was unbelievable and overflowing. Adam said, “Whoa…this is just what I wanted.” (That is a rather loose translation of Genesis 2:23 but you get my point.)
God had given Adam the “desires of his heart” because God was the one who put the desire there in the first place.
God has made great plans for you, both now and for eternity. God delights in delighting His children. When He reveals what He has in the closet for you, it will be glorious. It will be just what you want. It will be “the desires of your heart!” God is good!
Pray: “Oh God let my heart be open and sensitive to You. Fill my heart with God-given desires, the desire to encourage others, to give back a portion You have given to me, and share my faith with others when the opportunity arises. I know that Satan wants to fill my heart with desires, too. Desires that go against Your will and Your word and Your plan. Give me the grace and wisdom to discern those desires that are from You and You alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Deacon and Sunday School Teacher
First Baptist Broken Arrow