My Father who gives good gifts (Matthew 7:11)

"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" - Matthew 7:11

So I've definitely mentioned how I stress out when I fly. Today I took my last flight for probably close to six months. In itself this is reason for me to celebrate, but this morning I woke up and wigged out. I don't know why, the Lord always provides for me in such overwhelming ways.

My biggest concern was my luggage because we were coming back from furlough and had just had a baby we had LOADS of luggage. Also due to some complicated vacationing, I had to take all of the bags both my wife and I carried. So this morning my fear was overweight baggage. This may not be a big deal to you but just to give you some perspective, overweight bags cost around $100-$300 per bag (my wife once was asked to pay $1100 for one bag) and I had 3 more bags than I should have.

But the lady at the front counter had grace for me. It's a long complicated story but she figured out a way to work around the system so I could carry my absurd amount of baby stuff and books back home with me. When I had my boarding pass and my baggage was checked I walked away from the counter and teared up.

The part I don't understand is my shock. The Lord ALAYS gives me good gifts. I begged him for grace with my luggage and he gave me grace with my luggage and this is a HUGE deal to someone who stresses when they fly; not to mention the coin it saved me.

Now that I'm a dad I know what it is to want to give good gifts to my daughter (and I'm sure I'll understand quite a bit differently when she's grown up enough to say thanks and appreciate things). But how much more will our Father in heaven give us good gifts when we ask? The answer is "A LOT MORE."

I love that I worship a God who blesses me, and sometimes I just feel overwhelmed by the grace he's given. A wonderful, loving, beautiful wife. A precious, gorgeous, happy baby girl. A safe trip home. And free extra baggage to boot.