That being said, I was reminded this week about a quality of God that I had forgotten. I've found that no matter how many times we read about it in the Bible or hear it in a sermon, there are still things that we forget. For me, it was Matthew 7:7-11; asking for something we want. Let me explain.
I've been DYING to get some new furniture (by new, I mean "like new" off of craigslist.com) for our living room. We brought our couch & loveseat with us from TN, but have realized it's not the best fit for our apartment. We plan on having lots of people over, at different times, and want to optimize our seating for their comfort. So 2 chairs, in addition to the tan loveseat we already have, seemed like the best option.
I listed our red sofa (which Jason just recently told me looks like it's from The Wizard of Oz!) on craigslist several weeks ago & expected the offers to come flooding in. At night, I would pour over craigslist looking for the perfect pair of chairs for us. Days & weeks passed. No sale of the couch. No perfect chairs. On Tuesday night, it dawned on me "Why don't I ask God for a pair of chairs?" Duh! The quiet answer I got was "Sell the sofa first." Duh again!
Yesterday morning, before I really had time to think about what to do next to sell the sofa, I got a text from a girl wanting to see it. An hour after that, I got another call from a man who wanted to see it. Now remember, this sofa has been on craigslist for WEEKS. I hadn't lowed the price again or changed the picture since that prayer to God. No change on my part! Well..you guessed it. The girl came last night & bought the sofa. :-) Wow! Is that awesome or what? Within 24 hours of my initial prayer, the sofa was gone!!! I can't wait to see what chairs He has picked out for us to find.
This is where the "MA" rating comes in. Mature Christians know that God is not a genie in a bottle. We can't just wiggle our nose & expect to get our wishes instantaneously. BUT sometimes He does just that. My lesson learned was not to forget to ask God to take care of the little things. What little things are you not turning over to God?
|Our living room, before last night|