I got a call last night from Emmie. I knew the kids had gone to see Santa, but she’d forgotten to tell me about what Lilli told him.

All week she’d been asking her what she was going to ask Santa to bring her for Christmas.

“Mommy, I’m going to ask for all the best toys.”

Probing her for more specifics got her nowhere, as she towed that party line without variance. Then, the big day arrived.

She climbed up in the lap of the jolly old elf, and their discourse ran something like this:

Hi there, what’s your name?

Lilli Munoz

What would you like for Christmas, Lilli?

Candy Corn

Um…Candy Corn?

Yes. It’s orange, and they only make it at Halloween, so it might be hard to find, but Mommy said you can do anything.

Looking back and forth at Emmie, and feeling like Baby being put in a corner, poor ol’ Saint Nick promised to do his best, while Mommy started trying to think of a place to find Candy corn.

Sometimes we generalize our dreams to others, just like Lilli. When asked, we say we’re just asking for God’s best in our lives. I know I’ve said these very words, and I’m likely to say them again, because it makes room for whatever I receive. And that’s okay. I want God’s best for myself, no matter what it looks like. But, I do have specific dreams. Some that are so precious to me that they’re almost too much to say out loud, lest the hope of their ever coming true dies in the saying.

And you know what?

I don’t really have to, if I don’t want, because God already knows. However, I can trust Him with the specifics. He’s not waiting for me in an uncomfortable suit in the middle of a shopping mall, but strong and resplendent on His throne, at any and every hour, ready to receive them like the offering they are, and treat them like the precious treasure they are because, in all likelihood, He’s the one who buried them deep down inside.

Climb up into His lap this Christmas and tell the God of the Universe what you really want. He will never once look at you like a deer in headlights because He’s known that’s what you’ve wanted all along. He’s just been waiting for you to realize it, bring the request to Him and wait for Christmas morning. You can ask Him with confidence because, well…He really can do anything.


“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 ESV

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5 ESV

“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:8 ESV