I was expecting a car stereo for Christmas. A couple of tires is what I got.  I think I was 17 and I had my first car. A gray 79 Pontiac Lemans.  The silver bullet is what one of the youth leaders called it.  I loved it.  But it had a generic AM/FM radio and I needed more. So I thought. The bottom line is that while I didn’t want the tires, I needed them.  A stereo cassette player is what I wanted; new tires are what I needed.

That was one of the first lessons God gave me in clarifying the difference between wants and needs. The fact is that God really hasn’t always given me what I wanted. But He has always given me what I needed and when I needed it.