The what ifs can be asked every single day. They can be asked by ourselves when we are talking to God. And sometimes I believe God leads us to ask those questions.
In Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll Alice has a lovely conversation with the White Queen (her conversations with the two queens are some of the best parts of the book). I'll quote it below. It's from Chapter 5:
"I'm just one hundred and one, five months and a day."
"I can't believe that!" said Alice.
"Can't you?" the Queen said in a pitying tone. "Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes."
Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: "one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
The White Queen is sharing truth with Alice in a silly sort of way for nothing is impossible with God! If you can look you can find that in the Bible several times!
Oh boy, I'm rambling (sorry, Lewis Carroll's books and poems are some of my favorites and I think everyone should read them.."Beware the Jabberwock my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!").
Here's what I wanted to share with you. The other day I read Acts 20:35. It says, "the Lord Jesus, . . . He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
We've all heard it before. It's one we often share with children (who don't believe it at all). And many of us have lived the truth of it for it's so much fun to give and give. And that's good and as it should be.
But here's the thought I had -- what if we think, "It is more blessed to give to God than to receive from God."
Had you ever thought about that?
I've thought about giving to God of course, but I'd never thought that when reading this verse.
We can't outgive God. There is absolutely no way. We could give everything and we still won't outgive Him. But I wonder if we can get to the place spiritually that we take more joy in giving to Him our time, our resources, those we love and our very lives rather than seeing Him answer our deepest longings?
That would be a very good place to be.