Asking for Blessing
copyright 2005, Lani Wiens
a fresh flowers original
Yesterday I asked God for a flower for today. Normally I don’t have to ask, they just arrive, however, this week my brain has been very busy mulling over a situation and I hadn’t seen anything yet. I almost missed this one, God not only has a sense of humour He made sure I got the message. Here’s what happened.
Samuel has a strange fascination for stealing his younger brother’s drinks. I am continually retrieving Sasha’s cups from Samuel’s grabbing hands. This time the circumstance was a little different he was actually asking if he could take Sasha’s milk. He asked Sasha, “Please can I have your milk?” While Sasha is not well versed in verbal skills he had no problem communicating that he did not want Samuel to have his cup. So Samuel turned to me and asked me if he could have Sasha’s milk. I declined. He kept trying. Finally I said to him, “Samuel, why don’t you just ask me if you can have your own cup of milk? Then you have one and Sasha has one and you’ll both be happy.” At first this didn’t seem like a very good idea to Samuel and he kept trying to convince Sasha to hand over the cup, nicely. I laid out the idea again. He thought about it and then finally asked me for a cup of milk, which I gave him. Everyone was happy.
In the middle of all that I was still mulling over my situation and having a conversation with God about it. Telling Hm obvious things that He already knows. Reminding Him that similar situations had been fixed in this way or that way, letting Him know that I would be happy to have that person’s resolution to my problem. The light dawned on me after I finally tuned into my sons and their discussion about the milk. After I had come up with a very workable solution for them to both win in the situation I clued into the applicability of my own musings. Sometimes I’m a little dense.
I was asking God for someone else’s blessing rather than asking for one of my own. God has a desire to bless His children we forget sometimes that we can ask. Jesus said, “You have not because you ask not.” Suddenly I could take a new perspective on my situation, I could simply ask God to bless me in that situation anyway He chooses, He is quite capable of working it out and I don’t need to point out to Him how He can go about doing it. More than that, He has said that He wants to help me work out stuff like that and is perfectly willing to do so. I don’t want to be jealous of someone else’s blessing, I want for them to enjoy it. I want to have a blessing that is designed for me and I would hope that when it comes someone else won’t want to take it from me because I won’t be willing to give it up.
Today, make sure that you aren’t going after someone else’s blessing, if you are, repent and stop what you’re doing. Ask God for your own blessing and be content with what He has in store for surely it will be good. We serve a great and mighty God who gives good gifts to His children. Ask for it. Be blessed as you wait.
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