God can use anything to speak to us. Any circumstance, any person, and even nature to teach us and reveal truths to us. 

 

As I was going about my SEEMINGLY mundane and uneventful day as a stay-at-home mom, God used my 2-year-old to show me a biblical truth that challenged me.

 

A truth for all of us. As to whether or not we are truly and genuinely trusting God when we ask for something in prayer.

 

Do I take God at his word? Do I believe that He’s going to do what He has promised in His word that He’s going to do? What evidence is there that I actually trust Him and believe that He’s going to come through on something? When I pray a prayer, what thoughts am I thinking about His response, and what are my feelings revealing to me? Am I doubtful? Still discouraged after praying? Fearful? Disappointed already?

 Which brings me to my point for today: A Lesson From A Two-Year-Old: Do You Trust God, Really?…..

 

I am currently in the middle of packing up my home for yet another move. This has been a crazy and strange season for us, and moving from place to place is was just one of many things that the Lord is doing in our chaos.

I make a little progress each day, counting the boxes as they add up to keep myself motivated and encouraged that I am, indeed, making progress. (Anyone else out there do this?)

My 2-year-old son does not remember our last move, so to him, this feels like his first move. He watches and talks to me as I pack up each box. And little by little I try to explain to him that we are moving to a new place. 

 

After a few weeks of this, the boxes are becoming normal to him, and I often tell him that I’m going to go into a specific room and pack another box because he likes to follow me. 

Today, he asked if he could get inside of a box, like any child would. So I taped up a medium-sized box just for him, and let him and his stuffed animals play in it and push it around the house all morning.

Then, it was nap time. During his nap I took that box, filled it with more things, taped it shut, and added it to the pile. When he woke up and did not find his box, he asked about it. I explained that I had packed it up and it was “bye-bye”.

He became sad and said that he wanted a box.

 

 I was currently in the middle of walking around from one place to another doing a myriad of different things, as mothers usually do…. 

He was following me from place to place while we had this conversation. I responded, “Okay sweetie, don’t be sad. Mommy will make you another box. This time it will be even bigger than the last one! Mommy will tape you up a really big box to play in.”

 

Now, mind you, I was not anywhere near the boxes when I said this. I was not grabbing a box, or taping a box, or doing anything of the sort that I was describing to him. I was actually walking in the complete opposite direction to go into my bedroom and do something. 

Nonetheless, his frown immediately turned into a smile. His whiney demeanor immediately turned into an excited, “okay Mommy!”

And a few seconds later ….

 

“Thank you Mama!”

 

I told him he was welcome, and as it rolled from my lips it felt …..odd. 

Normally, I’m used to saying “you’re welcome” to someone AFTER I have finished performing some task or favor.

But here I was, telling him that he was welcome for something I hadn’t done yet…. And then I realized that my son trusted me, and believed my WORD so much so, that me telling him that I would tape him a box was as good to him as me actually doing it!

Because he knew that if I said it, I would do it. And that meant a brand new, big box was soon to be on its way.

 

As I did whatever it was I had gone into my bedroom to do, a smile crossed my face. And it stayed there, as my mommy heart overflowed with gratefulness. It stayed there as I thought about how innocent and trusting he was…. what a compliment it was that he would trust me so much!

 And the smile remained still as God spoke to me…..

 

“If you believed me, and took me at my word…. You, too, would rejoice and thank me before you even see the fulfillment of your prayer. Because you know that I am not a man that I should lie. And if I said I would do it, then I will do it. But the “when” and “how” is not for you to decide or demand.”

 WHOA.

As I thought on it more, and meditated on it here and there, even more revelation came to me.

All of the ways that I felt when my son believed and trusted me, are also the ways that God feels when we trust and believe that His word is good and reliable!

 

On top of that, when I realized that my son was trusting me and believing me to do something I promised, it made me want to do it all the more! It made me almost anxious as my heart longed to hurry up and do this thing for my child, who trusted that I would do what I said.

 

And as I pondered these things further, the Holy Spirit brought multiple verses to my mind to confirm what He was teaching me, one right after the other. (This is something He does often, and it is a sign and confirmation that you are hearing from God, not your flesh, or from the enemy).

 

#1: Philippians 4:6-7 –

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, WITH THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

 

This verse says that when you request something, also give thanks at the same time! It shows faith that you already believe it before you see it come to pass. This is exactly what my son did.

It also says that when we do this we will be blessed with the peace of God, that guards our hearts and minds. Wow. Sign me up for that . Yes and yes, please!

 

#2: Mark 11:24 –

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, WHEN ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

 

This verse is clear in saying that AS you are praying for something…. AT THE SAME TIME, believe that you receive it, and you will have it. Wow. 

It could also be worded like this: “What things you desire, believe that you receive them WHILE you ask for them, and you shall have them”. 

This is “how-to” advice straight from God himself about HOW to go into our prayers….. with a bold and confident faith, not a discouraged and pleading doubt.

 

#3: “Faith like a child” is the sentiment that came to mind. 

I don’t know if you knew this already or not, but the Bible doesn’t actually use the term “faith like a child”. But here are two of the verses that people have pulled that interpretation or phrase from:

 

‭Luke 18:16-17 

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. 

Matthew 18:2-4 –

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

There are characteristics of children, and their faith, that God says we need to have. We can watch and observe our children and find these characteristics, and we should! The Lord used my son to show me one such characteristic today, child-like faith.

 

LESSON IN THIS MESSAGE: If I was receiving God and His kingdom as a little child, (like my son), then I would ask God for something and then immediately thank Him for the fulfillment WHILE I am still praying the same prayer, before even ending my prayer with an “amen!” AND before physically seeing the fulfillment of His promise. Because I believe that He is a good Father, and that “all His promises are yes and amen”, (2 Corinthians 1:20). 

(This is also why it’s so important to read the Bible and KNOW what God does and does not promise us).

 

A new perspective to marinate in:

I have always thought about blessings as being FROM God. That blessings are something that someone receives. (I know…..selfish, right?)

But I recently adopted a new perspective.

 

Imagine if…..

wait for it ….

WE BLESSED THE LORD?!

*GASP*

(I’m not talking about when we sing the song “bless the Lord” in church.)

Imagine that something that we did or said blessed God’s very soul and made his heart overwhelmed the way that our hearts are when we receive a blessing. 

 

I believe that taking God at his word, and believing that His words are trustworthy and reliable blesses him more than we can even understand. Because ultimately, that is faith. And the Bible says that faith pleases God. 

 

I’m not God, and I can tell you that the way my son trusted me for his future box to play in, blessed my Mama heart very much. Multiply that many times over, and then maybe we can scratch the surface of God’s love towards us. 

 

REFLECT

How does this message make you feel today? What thoughts or questions are coming to your mind?

Feel free to ask me! Or, even better, bring them to God for answers and clarity.

 

Can you imagine a reality where you are able to thank God for something and believe you receive it by the time you say “Amen” ?

 

Until next time, take each day one day at a time.

 

Her Life In Season

 

 

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