Watch the video above and talk about it with your family. Learn more.
When God gives you apple slices instead of fries, what will you do?
Imagine going to your favorite restaurant for a nice, square meal. There’s one thing on the menu that you crave. You don’t care about burgers. You have no opinion about nuggets. All you really care about is one thing: FRIES!
You love fries. You want to marry fries. You dream about them.
“Do you, Johnny, take these fries to be your wedded wife…”
So you go to the counter. You order that kid’s meal. And then they ask you the silliest question you’ve ever heard.
“Apple slices or fries?”
Really? That’s like asking if you want $20 or a punch in the face.
“I’ll take the punch in the face.”
What?! Never! You’ll take the fries.
So you order the meal. Then you go play on the slide for a while.
The meal comes. You’ve washed your hands. You’ve grabbed some napkins. You reach into the bag. You can’t stand it! Get those nuggets out of the way. Kids’ toy, you’ll have to wait. At the bottom of the bag you find your treasure, and you pull it out…
What? No way! You asked for fries and you demand to have it your way!
Did you know there are two life lessons here, kids?
Lesson #1: You can’t order up God like a kid’s meal
You don’t get to pick and choose what God gives you. Have you ever…
Wished you were taller or better looking…but you weren’t.
Hoped to make a team or club…but you didn’t.
Prayed for your grandma to get better…but she didn’t.
You’re thinking, “What is going on here? I asked God for what I want…and I want it now!” Sometimes, God doesn’t give you the things you pray for – even the things that seem good to you.
Don’t misunderstand. It’s good to pray for things. God loves it when we pray to him. But God is still God. He gets to decide what’s in your kids’ meal.
Lesson #2: What God gives us is good for us
Apple slices are better for you than fries – everyone knows that. They might not be as tasty to some kids, but they’re healthy. Eating fries slows you down. Eating apple slices makes you super fast.
It works the same way with God. The things he gives us aren’t always the things we want, but what he gives us is good for us. He can use everything – even the things that seem bad – to make us healthier and stronger.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
So, next time you order a kid’s meal, think about what’s in it… and what isn’t. Let it be a reminder to you that God is in charge, even if you end up with apple slices.