Moose the favorite animal around here. We have adventure books all about moose. We always have an imaginary moose hanging out with us. Every time we leave the city entering the country my Man of the Woods tells God how much he'd like to see a moose and then spends the rest of the car ride calling, "Here Moosey moose! Here Moose!" Insisting that all who are in the car do the same.
Now the summer has come and just about gone. Our fishing days are past as we're thinking of the fall. During the last two trips, as my young son is looking for the Moose and making sure that we all were, "keeping our eyes peeled" for one, I thoughtfully asked God why He wouldn't let this boy see a moose. In past years these same places have been full of moose. It would be a surprise if you didn't see one; while this year has brought us not even a glimpse. A harmless thing really to see a moose why not say yes to this boy? Well, a few days later I found my answer. Our Man of the woods was having a conversation with his Daddy. He said, "Sometimes God says no when we ask Him for things. He didn't let us see a moose..."
A harmless thing seeing a moose, but a big lesson for both my Man of the woods and I. God is not a vending machine but has a bigger plan in mind then we can see. whether He says yes or no it is always good.
As for God, His way is blameless; the word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. For who is God, besides the LORD?
~2 Samuel 22:31-32a
954. A summer past without seeing a moose.