“We have courage in God’s presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will. He hears us whenever we ask him; and since we know this is true, we know also that he gives us what we ask from him.” 1 John 5:14-15 GNT
With 7 children, it’s usually fast food when my daughter’s family travels. But when they recently traveled to their denomination’s annual conference in North Carolina, a church member handed them a Cracker Barrel gift certificate for a nice meal along the way. Uh-oh!
Well, the children had never been to a Cracker Barrel Restaurant before and it had been a long time for the parents as well. I laughed when I spoke to Allissa on the phone just as they were parking the van to go in to eat. “You won’t get out of the restaurant without buying souvenirs. They make you go through the store on the way in and out on purpose.
Later they called me from the road and confirmed it. The kids loved looking at all the old-fashioned things in the store, and did end up buying some candy sticks with the small balance that remained on the gift card. But they had a request for Grammy for Christmas – they wanted one of those big checker sets with the woven mat – the ones on display atop the tables on the porch of the restaurant and store.. Of course they loved the barrel tables and the rockers too, but they’re a little out of Grammy’s price range. LOL!
Like most little ones, they have no qualms about asking for the things they want. But they also know they won’t get everything, either because it costs too much or it may not hold up to the wear and tear of a large family, or perhaps it just isn’t something that’s safe or appropriate for their ages. Other times they know they will get their requests, just not “right now.” But they have confidence that their parents and grand parents hear their requests and will answer if possible.
Lord, help me to be like a child – confident enough to ask for the things I want or need, trusting enough to accept your answers and having faith enough to know you’ve heard me no matter what the outcome. Amen.