Monday, 3 February 2014

Just Ask

Think of it this way: if your son asked you for bread, would you give him a stone? Of course not—you would give him a loaf of bread. 10 If your son asked for a fish, would you give him a snake? No, to be sure, you would give him a fish—the best fish you could find. 11 So if you, who are sinful, know how to give your children good gifts, how much more so does your Father in heaven, who is perfect, know how to give great gifts to His children!  Matthew 7:9-11

The following story might annoy some of you, particularly those of you who believe that the God of the universe shouldn’t be bothered with petty, trivial requests.  So, I’ll ask you to forgive me in advance but there is a point to my story even if it offends you.

About two years ago I had to drive into the center of the very small town that I live in to pick up a book from the Christian book store.  The metered parking spaces are at a premium and there is very little side street or public parking available.  So I decided to ask God for a parking place in front of the store with money on the meter.  Hey if you are going to trouble the King of Kings, make it a big ask.  So as I approached the store there it was, a parking place not fifty feet from the store with 30 minutes on the meter.  I got out of my car, smiled and said “thank you Lord”.  As I walked to the store my eye caught sight of an open space, directly in front of the store with 60 minutes on the meter.  I broke out in a laugh.  I was so thrilled to settle for what turned out to be  second best that I didn’t even consider passing it up.  My guess is that the Lord had a huge grin on His face and probably whispered “if you only had the faith the size of a mustard seed…”

I am convinced that the God who has named all the stars in the galaxy wants a personal relationship with you and me more than almost anything.  He wants us to trust him implicitly.  I believe that what is important to me is important to him just because it is important to me.

I am quite aware that asking God for something as self-centered as a parking place seems audacious.  I did preface my prayer with “Father I realize my prayer is trivial and inconsequential but it is with childlike faith that I am bringing you this request and I can certainly understand why it is a waste of your time.”  I think His answer was “my child you never waste my time.”

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