Since today is Halloween, today, we’re sharing an excerpt from Jerry Seinfeld’s book, Halloween. It’s a great little book that my son and I laugh at every Halloween, but this year, as we were reading it, I had one of those moments when the Holy Spirit hammered me with a spiritual insight…
When you’re a kid you can eat amazing amounts of food. All I ate when I was a kid was candy. Just candy, candy, candy. And the only really clear thought I had as a kid was get candy.
Family, friends, school — they were just obstacles in the way of getting more candy.
So the first time you hear the concept of Halloween when you’re a kid, your brain can’t even process the idea. You’re like, “What is this? What did you say? Someone’s giving out candy? Who’s giving out candy? EVERYONE WE KNOW is just giving out candy?
“I gotta be a part of this! Take me with you! I’ll do anything they want… I can wear that.
“I’ll wear anything I have to wear. I’ll do anything I have to do to get the candy from those fools who are so stupidly giving it away.”
Year after year, I never gave up on trick-or-treating. But I remember those last few Halloweens.
I was getting a little old for it… I was just kinda going through the motions.
Bing-Bong “Come on lady, let’s go! Halloween, doorbells, candy, let’s pick it up in there.”
They come to the door; they always ask you the same stupid question. “What are you supposed to be?”
“I’m supposed to be done by now. You want to move it along with the 3 Musketeers?”
Sometimes people give you the little white bag, twisted on the top. You know that’s gonna be some crummy candy.
“No official Halloween markings on it? I don’t think so. Do me a favor, you keep that one. We’ve got all the doorstops we need already, thank you very much. We’re going for name candy only this year.”
At the end of Halloween I was able to fill a punch bowl so full of candy that the top of it would be curved. It was like a planet.
And I would consume the ENTIRE THING that night.
Next morning, I’d wake up, feel FANTASTIC.
For most of my life, I’ve approached God like a kid dressed up in a poorly-fitting Halloween costume, looking for just the right kind of candy. I’d pray and pray and pray and if I didn’t get my “name brand answer,” I’d walk away disappointed, frustrated and doubting that God even cared.
But here’s the thing… When I did get my “name brand answer,” I’d have no self-control, so I’d throw it all right in front of me and gorge myself on it to the point of being sick and missing the big picture of what God was doing. And I never woke up feel fantastic the next morning.
Prayer isn’t a shopping list. It isn’t like Trick or Treating. And it isn’t self-serving.
Pray today that God would provide what HE knows you need and then have the self-control to enjoy His blessings in His way and in His time.