I Can Have Jellybeans

My husband Larry had an old bubble gum machine that he kept filled with jellybeans. He fixed the machine so that coins weren’t required. Anyone could turn the handle and the candy drops into eager hands.

Our friends’ children learned that Larry was willing to share the jellybeans when they came to our house.

One day, Emily, a vivacious four-year-old, came bouncing through the front door and announced, “Oh goody! I can have jellybeans.”

“Emily, you wait for Larry to offer you the candy,” her Mother reminded her.

Emily knew Larry’s attitude concerning the jellybeans—he was happy to share with the children and glad they were enthusiastic about this gift.

Our Heavenly Father tells us to eagerly come to Him for the things that we need and want. We don’t have to beg, plead or bargain with Him. Nothing is required from us as trade. He wants us to have the many blessings that He has promised.

As we read the Bible, we find out about these blessings and His willingness to bestow them on us. We can come to Him with the assurance that He is eager to give to us. His gifts are even better than the yummy jelly beans: strength (Acts 20:32), peace (Psalm 119:165), stability (Psalm 16:8), success (Joshua 1:8), answered prayer (John 15:7), guidance (Psalm 32:), sleep (Proverbs 3:24), forgiveness (Psalm 86:5), and health (3 John 1:2).

God has an abundant never-ending supply of blessings for His people.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

Helen L. Hoover

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