God cares about what we care about. It’s one of the most important truths we can ever teach our children. For one of my girls, it seems that I’ve spent the majority of her life driving that one lesson home. Whether it was her concerns about getting her turn as the Line Monitor in her 1st grade class or her concern about a friend whose mom passed away, my words to her have remained the same: God cares about what you care about.
Once, when she was about 7 years old, we went to one of those big discount warehouse stores. It was around the holiday and there was a beautiful
display of perfectly proportioned wooden, child-sized chairs. “Mommy,” she continued, “Can I please get one of these chairs?” I hesitated for a moment. Then I responded, “We didn’t plan to get a chair today. But, if you want to ask God for the chair, I will pray with you.” “Okay,” she responded. So right there, in the middle of the warehouse superstore, my then-7 year old daughter grabbed my hand and prayed, “God, This chair is so nice. Would you please let me have one? I believe you care about what I care about , so now, I’ll just say ‘thank you,’ Amen.” In agreement, I said, “Amen,” too.
Two weeks later we were having dinner at the home of some friends. It had been a long evening and it was time to go. Our friend’s son asked if he could give our daughter his chair. We weren’t really paying attention. Next, out comes this beautiful, perfectly proportions, child-sized, La-z-boy-looking . . . RECLINER! It even matched her room. My daughter’s eyes lit up. “Mommy!” she said, “This chair is even better than the one I prayed for! He really does care about what I care about!”
I Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.
What a lesson! God, the Creator of the Universe, took the time to acknowledge and answer the prayer of my little girl. She knew she couldn’t get what she wanted on her own. She needed help. Initially, she came to me,
because that was all that she knew to do. If I had given in to the inward pressure I was feeling of wanting to make her happy, I would have cheated her out of the opportunity to experience God caring about what she cares about FIRST HAND. It would have not only deprived her of the experience of His Care, but also His willingness to do more for her than she even knew to ask for herself.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you . . .
What about you? Is there a situation in your life that you can’t handle on your own? Have you done all you know to do? Why don’t you do what my daughter did? Just ask, “God, Can you take care of this for me? And because I believe you care about what I care about, I’ll just say, ‘thank you’.” Sounds simple? It is. We don’t have to beg. Just ask. God wants us to come to Him just like a child, completely aware of our inability to handle things on our own. His answer will always exceed our request. When we do that, instead of the “wooden chairs” we ask for . . . He’ll give us the “recliners”.
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