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When I was growing up in the 1940’s, I loved reading the children’s fantasy stories by the English writer, Enid Blyton.
They led me into the world of make-believe, and I soon had a strong belief in the powers of the wishing well, where
wishes always seemed to come true.
Hearing that there was a wishing well half-way up a hill in my home town, I decided I really needed to go there. I was
very clear in what was going to be wished for too, – black, curly hair!
My reluctant parents eventually gave in, probably to humour me, but no doubt having a quiet smile at my childish
We duly climbed the hill, I dropped my coin down into the water, wished, and waited….and waited! What a bitter
disappointment to return home with the same straight, brown hair!
What is a wish? My dictionary says that it is a, ‘desire, or longing’.
Wishes or desires CAN come true, but God says that there are conditions to be met first, and it is more than tossing a
coin into some well water!
Once, while Christ was talking about vines and branches, He said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.” (John 15:6 NIV)
Really? Whatever we wish or desire? Wow!
How easy it is to focus on the end part of the verse, and not the important part after the ‘If’! The secret of getting your
needs or wishes met is to spend enough time with the Lord and His Word, so that His thoughts become your
thoughts, His desires become your desires. In the presence of God our priorities are changed, our focus is altered, so
our ‘wishes’ are no longer self-centred but Christ-centred.
‘He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’ (Heb.11:6)
If we draw near to Him, become one with Him, then His express desires will go deep into our souls. The Holy Spirit is
then authorised to move on our behalf to make them happen.
‘Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.’ (Ps. 37:4 NIV)
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