Spit it out

14 07 2010

It’s a maxim you have probably quoted as Bible, but in actuality it comes from an old Scottish proverb that says, “Open confession is good for the soul.” Yes, confession is good for the soul. So… Here goes.

A few weeks ago, as is the custom in the Daigle house, things were a bit chaotic in the morning. My son Caleb, who is five, came out while I was running around trying to get things done, and as children are want to do, started trying to tell me something. It sounded something like, “uh, uh, uh, da, uh, daddy, uh, can, uh, uh, uh.” I was getting extremely frustrated in my hurried state and so I turned to him like any loving father would do and I said, “Caleb, spit it out.” Caleb immediately cupped his hands together, brought them up to his mouth and did what you would expect any 5 year-old boy to do when given a command form his father. He did exactly what I told him to do. He spit in his hands. As you can imagine I went from being six feet tall to being six inches tall in that instant. My son trusted me enough to do what I asked him, no matter how absolutely insane it seemed. I knelt down beside him and explained that what I actually wanted him to do was slow down and tell me what he needed so that I could fulfill his need.

I got to thinking about how many times are we so consumed with what we want that we don’t even take the time to ask our heavenly father. He wants us to ask. It’s simple and yet many times it is so complex. I for one have difficulty finding the words to say when I am in prayer and asking God to do things for me. I think that for years I listened to other people preach their prayers to God and I felt like my prayers had to be boisterous and eloquent for them to be heard. Really, our Father is just waiting for us to ask in our own way. He doesn’t require some contrived or prepared statement. He just wants us to ask.

Matthew 7:7-11 (New Living Translation)
7 “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.
8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?
10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!
11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

What do you need? Just spit it out!


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2 responses

15 07 2010
Kevin

Wow! Great way to start my day. Thanks

19 08 2010
Jeff

This really hit me in the gut. Thanks.

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