I love how sitting and talking with friends can reveal the most amazing God stories! If we are listening, God is explaining the way He works through stories. My friend talked the other day of me being a conduit. Maybe that’s what writers really are…they listen, they watch, and then they write. We couldn’t possibly experience all the things God has for us personally, so He shares them through other people! That’s true of this story:
When my friend, Aimee, was in her mid teens, just about 14 or 15, she experienced something that she will never forget. Her mom had arrived home, and after coming into the house, she asked Aimee to go out to the car to get a bag off the back seat. Aimee was not at all happy to oblige her mom’s request. After much resistance and arguing, she finally complied. What Aimee found on the back seat was a coat that she had been so wanting! She couldn’t have felt happier and worse, all at the same time. Aimee had been resistant to do what her mom asked of her, and her mom only wanted to bless her!
I love hearing this story after reading the book, “Anything,” by Jennie Allen. This book challenges us to pray and be willing to do anything for God…whatever, whenever He asks. Our Father in Heaven knows our greatest blessings are in our obedience to Him. Why then, are we so resistant to His requests? It seems the more I pray anything, the more I want to argue that there might be a better way to go about my Father’s business! Maybe that’s all part of the growing process…to at least begin to recognize when we are resistant, and become less so through the years? As an adult, Aimee is much more willing to comply to anything her mom asks of her. It’s not all about what’s in it for her now, but what she can do to serve her mom. As we grow in Christ, shouldn’t this be our goal?
I’ve been reading a lot in Philemon lately. It’s a very small book in the Bible between Titus and Hebrews. Paul is making a request of his friend, Philemon, on behalf of Onesimus. He writes, “I am praying that you will really put your generosity to work, for in so doing you will come to an understanding of all the good things we can do for Christ.” He writes, “You are generous because of your faith.” Without faith, this world is all about us, and not really about asking God, “Is there anything I can do for You, or Your people today?” It’s a bold prayer. But Paul writes, “…I am boldly asking a favor of you.” He writes, “I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do, but because of our love, I prefer just to ask you.” Most times, God gently asks us to do the right thing through a quiet whisper from within.
While Searching And Noticing the Divine, we can begin to see that God has blessings waiting for us on the other side of our obedience to His whispers. Paul writes, “I didn’t want you to help because you were forced to do it but because you wanted to.” The question is, are we willing to grow up enough to want to do anything our Father asks?