"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
There is a time in each of our lives we reach a crossroad. There standing at the deserted intersection, we debate long and hard. Should I go right and accept the comfort of my present reality? Or should I go left and begin anew unbeknownst or privy to what may follow? During these times we pray at utmost uncertain when God will answer our needs. And it is during these times that we may not feel his presence while we grope and saunter feeling our way through when darkness falls.
I am certain at this time God has not forsaken us. It is at this moment he wants us to rely on his sacred teachings. To pick up the Bible, to read his most inner thoughts. It is these spiritual reflections that map out our personal happiness. He has left us the key. He wants us to learn and utilize these principles so that our present journey will be one of frequent blessings. During these times we are left with personal choices. After all, Jesus asks, "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?" (Luke 11:11-12) Matthew also recorded, "Which of you , if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?" (Matthew 7:9) Christ also teaches, "If then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask!" (Luke 11:13) God, just as we parents, responds to our requests with loving generosity. And God, just like parents, allows us to fall sometimes.
After all, what parent saves his child from a lesson that needs to be learned? Does a child not understand better when he is allowed to come to his own conclusions, with gently prodding? I believe at these moments God is being a Father exerting his parenting skills allowing us to find the end result. He is giving us the art of choice.
His generous response in his Word is amazing. It is far beyond our initial comprehension. The resolution may not be what we want to hear, nor may it be what we expect. Sometimes just a little digging will turn up the answer to our prayers. Then there is no reason to cry out in prayer. After all, it has been there staring at you all along, all you had to do is turn the page! The answer has always been there; the choice is yours.
Show me how to pray for what you expect from me.
Give me the wisdom to find your expectations in
the Bible. Help me to heed your words so that
I may not experience turmoil when making my choice.