My week has been inundated with these 3 little words.
This morning over breakfast, I sensed God lead me to the verse itself. Matthew 7:7
He then said “What do you ask for?”
It took me a while to actually think of something that I could ask for….which is entirely weird in itself really. I found myself upgrading my askings in my head. Kids who get along 100% of the time, a neverending self cleaning sink, healing for my body, enough resource so that my friends could choose to work, the miraculous released across the west, world peace….. Until I finally came to the ultimate ask – for me anyway…. aaaahhhhh the peace of asking something worthy of God’s ears. (as if anything would have been unworthy?)
Then He said “What do you seek?”
Same thing happened there.
Then He ended with “What door do you want to be opened?”
How ridiculous, that I took so long to come up with something that should be ultimately, a part of an ongoing conversation with God.
You see, my own ask, seek, knock questions from God, were more about opening up, a sharing of my heart, with my loving Dad.
Learning to trust once again, after a season of hard, harsh and disappointment….because I had forgotten to throw my cares to Him. I had forgotten to stop long enough to have a conversation. I forgot the beauty of being able to ask, to seek and to knock.
He was saying to me, “Sweet child, dare to ask me again for what you desire. Let me bring you the answers you seek. Let me show you more of myself in this place you find yourself. Trust me to open the right doors at the right time for you….so that you can shine your brightest in me.”
In this over the top busy season, take time to ponder what you ask, what you seek and what door you want opened. What loving parent gives something that harms or crushes? Then answer is none….
Matthew 7:7-11New International Version (NIV)
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 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!
Thankyou for being willing to listen to me.
Thankyou for being a God who cares not just about my ultimate asks – but the smaller, day to day ones as well.
Thankyou that you say, as I draw near to you, you draw near to me – as I seek you, I will find you – and when I find you, I find everything that I ever needed to thrive.
Thankyou that you have the power to open and close doors for me.You being all knowing, know exactly how it all connects together. The when, where and whys of life.
I wander about, asking questions or whinging about how things are – when in reality, I should be coming to you and asking, seeking and knocking.
Thankyou for bringing me to places that force me to realise these amazing truths…..not by mistake, but by divine appointment.
At this point in my life, I am through with trying to make things how I want them to be, because as I do this – I am never satisfied and often disappointed in myself, others or circumstances.
The times where I have trusted you with the very things that have been playing on my heart and head, you have opened doors, showns yourself in wonderful ways or answered the very things that I have been questioning.
Father, bless you for all that has happened in my life. Bless you for for all that is happening in this season. Bless you for all that will come from this moment and beyond.
I shoop the burdensome emotions, heavy tales, complications of culture and struggles off my shoulders and on to yours….and walk forward in hope, in joy and in the beautiful peace of your presence.