When my kids were little, the youngest was a bit slower to speak, because when he wanted something, the older two would know exactly what he wanted, and fetch it for him. We all had to make an effort to pretend we didn’t know what he wanted, and make him ask, so that his speech would develop!
God knows what we need so totally. It’s clear in the story of Jacob meeting up with Esau again (Genesis 33:1-4). Jacob’s knees had been knocking from the moment he realized he’d have to meet his brother again. Then he heard Esau was on his way, with only 400 men! Mmmmm. Serious adrenalin, all ready for fight and flight. Clear thinking goes out of the window as the body sends all the energy to prepare for the burst of physical effort that might be required. Yet there was a long wait, all pent up. What Jacob needed was a release of that adrenalin in some exercise. That’s where the restling came in (32:24). Once that was over, and Jacob had cleared his system, he was able to think clearly, form his plans, and arrange his family. He was able to judge Esau accurately, and use appropriate strategies. The outcome was good, and Jacob and his family were safe.
God made us. He knows exactly what we need. He knows us better than we know ourselves! So why do we get anxious? Why do we get puzzled when things don’t go the way we are expecting? Trusting our loving heavenly Father who made us and knows us so well should be easy! And there are times too, that what we want is not what we need. God our loving Father is only too well aware of that. And sometimes, just like with my little one, he’s teaching us the right way to ask.