Have you seen this quote around the internet before? I saw it last week after someone posted it to facebook and at the time I tucked it away thinking ‘hmm, I should do that more’.
After some major stresses a few years ago I seem to have gotten into a habit of questioning why God isn’t ‘fixing things’, even little things, as if God is some sort of wishing tree that I can yell at when I want something sorted out. This quote was a good reminder that Gods character isn’t one where we can just demand and he will do instead, like any loving parent we need to ask. We need to trust that he really does want to help us in our time of need and we need to teach our children this.
Last night Miss K went to bed and started coughing after three days of battling a cold. She hadn’t coughed much up until now and I figured it was either a ploy to get out of school the next day or it was because she was lying down. So, did all the usual things. I gave her cough medicine, I propped her up, I gave her water to sip and I even did the ol’ vicks on the soles of the feet routine. Nothing worked. Every 10 seconds (I know, I counted) she would cough and after a while she would come out and say ‘I can’t sleep’. It was getting later and later and I was starting to get frustrated at not knowing how to stop it.
Then this little voice inside my head reminded me of this saying. Instead of me sitting there saying ‘God, why aren’t you letting her sleep!!’ I realised I needed to pray. Usually when the girls can’t sleep or have a bad dream I pray with them and usually its the first thing they ask me to do when they wake up so why this time didn’t I think of this first? I’ll never learn!
The thought then came to me, ‘what if I pray with her and the cough doesn’t go away, how does that show her that God cares?’. That little voice again popped into my head ‘trust me’. So, I did. I went into her room and said ‘Miss K, there is one thing we haven’t tried yet, praying’. So I prayed, I said ‘God, we have a big problem, Miss K needs to stop coughing so she can sleep, can you take away her cough?’. Then I asked her ‘do you believe that God can take away your cough?’ to which she said ‘yes, of course’. I knew right then that if her cough stopped it was because she has the faith that God can do that, not me.
I said goodnight and went back to my studio and waited. In the next five minutes she coughed twice and then silence. Nothing, not another cough for the ENTIRE night. I felt very loved and very ashamed at the same time. Why do I question God? Why don’t I always believe that he hears us when we pray?
The saying above may seem a little bit cliched or fluffy to you but to me, I know it when I see faith at work and I believe that God hears us and just wants us to trust him, even in these small things.