I finally asked her, “Tay, is everything alright?”
She said, “I’m struggling with what I can pray to God about. I’m just not sure God is concerned about the things that are really bothering me right now.”
I was a little confused, so I asked her to tell me what she meant.
I remember she said with big crocodile tears in her eyes, “I’m really struggling with making my car payment and my relationship with my boyfriend. Can I pray about these things to God? They are not really “spiritual” things!”
As I listened to her, I remember thinking how much her earthy father loved her and what a great relationship they had together. So I asked her, “Tay, if you are having problems with your car payment and your relationship with your boyfriend do you think that your dad would want to know?”
I remember her quick answer, “Sure, he loves me and wants to know everything. In fact, he’d be hurt if I didn’t tell him those things.”
I replied, “Then what makes you think that your Heavenly Father would feel any different? If your dad loves it when you climb up on his lap and tell him all your concerns, then why would your Heavenly Father be any different? Believe it or not Tay, your dad doesn’t love you half as much as Heavenly Dad does.”
I remember her not saying a word for the longest time as she thought about that concept of God. Then a big sweet smile came across her face. She had gotten the picture.
As she walked off, I asked her where she was going. “To pray,” she said.
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” ~Luke 11:9-10 (NLT)
(Have you ever had one of those moments when you felt like you said just the right thing at the right time to help someone? Call it luck if you want – as long as you spell luck G-O-D.)