The following blog was written by Suki Joseph and shared on her personal blog. Suki is a part of Ashworth Road serving in the kids ministry and doing some of the amazing graphic designs you see at Ashworth Road.
It was raining while we were travelling in our car the day before yesterday and my 2 year old daughter suddenly realized she needed an umbrella to dance in the rain. My husband and I reasoned with her throughout the entire trip and she finally agreed to use my umbrella for dancing when we got home. She got my pink umbrella after reaching home and she danced with it for a while and then came to me asking if it was mine or her’s. I said it was mine but I was sharing it with her. She didn’t like that. She wanted her own umbrella, not mine. And then the negotiations began again. We slept that night and then first thing in the morning, she asked me where was her dad. I told her he was at work. Without waiting a moment, with utmost confidence she said, “Dad’s gone to work and then to the shop to buy me an umbrella”. We didn’t have any plans of buying her an umbrella, and so I decided to be honest with her. So I told her we will get her an umbrella later, just not today. But she said with determination, “No. Dad’s gone to work and then to the shop to buy me an umbrella”. She must have said that statement at least 15 times the entire day and you know a mother’s heart. My heart was moved with compassion for the faith she had on her dad. Well, she got her umbrella that evening from her dad. When I saw her dancing with her new umbrella, I remembered the words of Jesus
“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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
(Matthew 7:7-11 NIV)
I sometimes don’t ask for something that I need/want, thinking it’s too trivial to ask God for. But Jesus encourages us to ask. We may not get the exact fish we ask for but we can be sure we will not receive a snake either. Ask!