My daughter and I pulled up to the pool where she practices for swim team every day. She opened the car door and got out. “I hope the snow cone truck is here after practice,” she said. (A local company has been parking their truck nearby lately and they have the best snow cones.)
“I hope so too,” I told her.
“Pray for it to be here, okay Mommy?” She smiled and got out of the car.
“I will,” I said as she started to close the door.
But instead of walking away, she suddenly hopped back in the front seat, bowed her head, and folded her hands. “Pray now,” she said.
And so we did.
There in the parking lot, with the car running and the air conditioner blasting, my twelve-year-old daughter and I prayed for that snow cone truck to be there after practice. After we were done, she got out of the car and ran off through the gate to the pool.
And I drove away with a huge smile on my face.
I loved the way she wanted to pray right then. I loved her childlike faith and the way she wanted to take even a simple desire like a snow cone to the throne of the Maker of the Universe. I loved her acceptance and expectation of God’s involvement in every detail of her life.
And I realized that I need to be more like that.
Sometimes I find myself only praying for the “big” things… that my friend’s dad doesn’t have cancer, that my friend’s husband who got laid off finds a job, that a woman I know who is going through chemo heals completely…
But God cares about the little things too. He cares about the details and he doesn’t want us to hold back from talking to Him just because we think our requests aren’t important enough, or because we might even feel selfish for asking. He is Almighty God… yet He is our Friend and Counselor who cares deeply about even the tiniest details. He knows the number of hairs on our heads. He collects our tears in a bottle. And He wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives, big or small.
We can ask Him for things like patience with our kids, confidence for a meeting or presentation, or even that pair of running shoes we hope is still on sale at the mall. Those things aren’t too small or insignificant for Him.
And he doesn’t want us to wait to ask Him either. Like my daughter did that day in the car, He wants us to involve Him now.
To seek him now.
To pray now.
Even if it that prayer is for a snow cone.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the truck wasn’t there after practice that day my daughter and I prayed for it to be. But even though she was momentarily disappointed, I loved how she responded…
“Well let’s pray really hard tonight for it to be there tomorrow, okay?”
So that night we did.
And the next day, it was there.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14, NIV
By Genny at MyCup2Yours