“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Hiim! ” Matthew 7:7-11
It had been a very rainy week. Keep in mind that I live in the Seattle area so I’m used to rain and so for me to say “very rainy” means it was more than usual. I was moving over the weekend and I was bummed by seeing all the rain. My one shining light was that I had ordered a rental truck so at least my things wouldn’t get wet. I had also asked God to please allow for a small window of time during the hours my friends were coming to help me to stop the rain. The day before the move I found out that the rental truck wasn’t going to work out. My reservation I had made online was not being honored so the time I could pick up the truck was later than I had needed. I had a moment of panic! What was I going to do?! People were already scheduled and I had already signed my lease so not moving wasn’t an option. Very quickly I turned my panic into prayer and asked God to show me how He was going to work this move out. I knew that the move was in His plan for us so I knew He was in the midst. Panic wasn’t going to do anything but rock my faith and why let that happen?
The next day all the friends showed up and we loaded up a trailer, a couple trucks and many cars. Guess what? We didn’t need the rental truck afterall! All of our things fit in all the vehicles we had and we didn’t even need to make a second trip!! You know what else DIDN”T happen that day? RAIN. God took a stormy, nasty, rainy week and He gave me a day of dry weather so that my belongings didn’t get drenched along with my friends.
How many times in life do we forget to ask God to help us? We don’t seek Him in the situation and we don’t knock at the throne of the Father and share our need. Yes, God knows all and He sees our needs but the asking is important. The asking, the seeking and the knocking all allow us to put down our own strength and acknowlege that we can’t get through a situation without Him and we need Him to meet out need. I could have chosen to get stressed out about the rain and the lack of a rental truck and that would have only hurt me because I would have been miserable and worried. Instead, I gave my situation to my Father in heaven who loves me beyond my dad here on earth and that’s alot because my dad here is full of love towards me. By giving my stresses and concerns to God, He is able to show His steadfast love and mercy to me and ultimately, I am able to praise Him and give Him glory. I don’t ever tell the story of my moving without sharing how good God is and how faithful He was to meet my every need.
Ask. Seek. Knock. Remember that you are asking your Father in heaven who is the God of the universe and He is just waiting to pour out love, grace, peace and mercy on you. Remember that second part of that passage that describes the character and nature of our Father. If we, as fallable human parents, still meet the needs of our childern AND still bless them, don’t forget that our Father in heaven is bigger and perfect and will do so much more if we’ll just ask, seek and knock. God is interested in your rainy days and He’s interested in your lack of a rental truck because He is interested in you.
Oh, one last thing about this moving experience! I couldn’t really afford the rental truck and I wasn’t sure how I was going to cover the vacation we had planned the very next week. I believed that God wanted us to go on the trip and so I knew He would provide the spending money needed. He provided that through the lack of the rental truck. If I had gotten mad or worried about the lack of the truck, I would have also missed the blessing of the spending money we needed. God is good, all the time!
Live in His love, grace, peace and mercy. Ask. Seek. Knock. Watch God move and work in your life and you surrender each and every concern. He may not answer the way you expect but He will answer.