I always had trouble with today's Gospel as a child.
Like most kids, I took it literally and was sorely disappointed when the hundreds of things I asked God for failed to materialize.
Of course, as I got older, and with the help of this Garth Brooks song, I realized that sometimes God just has to protect us from ourselves and our faulty plans.
And so on occasion, when I am thanking God for all the things He has given to me, I remember to thank Him for all those He purposefully hasn't as well.
Because as Mr. Brooks put it, sometimes those are God's greatest gifts to us.