Take-out is a blessing, and a luxury not often indulged in by us. On this evening such seemed to fit the consensus and mood, and I wanted to bless my wife and kids -- they enjoy American Chinese food. Furthermore, it seemed, given the opportunity of the free schedules and the anticipation of busier schedules later in the week, to be important to be intentional and purposeful about the time together, and the celebration of that communion. Perhaps not unimportantly but not centrally I realized the new diet is not a goal in itself, nor is the project something for which we share the same motivation, and not even I am entirely stoked about the austerity, ascetic though I am.
I am not entirely certain, but I don't think my children quite realized (when my wife and I hatched the idea of getting take-out) what was going on, and I have admittedly learned to not always divulge my plans to my children (especially if I am not certain they will be or are actually happening). What I do know for certain, in the moment and without their asking for it directly (but knowing the "diet-pantry situation") that it was important for my children and my wife (for all of us) to get to spend the evening together, and to enjoy it through a treat-meal. The emphasis here, of course (and dieting context notwithstanding), is that I was aware of and wanting what even they were wanting but for which none were asking.
In this I see God's father heart, perhaps even most poignantly: God proactively and knowingly looks towards our blessing and our good even we don't know it to ask of Him, and He is intimately aware of the situation and the need.
There is a verse on my mind today, which I read from such a standpoint, with such an understanding as the one above: Hebrews 4:14
"14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.15For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
Before even we know our need, before we have taken courage and confidence to even approach Him, the father heart of God is sensitive to what we need, and is providing it... "desiringly" providing. It is that heart which meets us from off the thrown and receives us from the throne.