“I don’t want that kind of a dollhouse; I want the one like on TV!” That scene in the movie, Babe, ripped my heart out. The old man had spent hours in his shop, lovingly crafting a dollhouse for his granddaughter, his snot-nosed, spoiled-rotten, twisted-by-TV granddaughter. But she didn’t want that kind of dollhouse. I still get mad and frustrated, just thinking about it!
That scene reminds me of the many times I have heard people say something like, “If God is so good, how come there are starving children?” Or, “I can’t believe in a God who would allow wars to happen.” Although I understand those thoughts, have had them and expressed them myself, what they really amount to, is, “I don’t want that kind of God; I want the one like in my imagination.” “I want the right to say what God should be like, what He should do and say.” Does that sound a bit spoiled or presumptuous?
“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2)