How many times have you read a passage of scripture? You’ve read it before, so sometimes you glance over it, and not take in what it is: the very words of God. And sometimes you dive in head first, and God speaks something through those words that you have read before, but this time, He had something totally different for you. Something specific. For you. For others. To share. To bless. To remind.
The other day I was reading through the Sermon on the Mount. We’ve settled in this passage during our adult bible study time at church and, like mentioned, I’ve read it more than I can remember.
I was perusing chapter 7, when it struck me!
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)
I love this passage. Did anyone else grow up in the 80s singing this awesome song?
I sang that song many times growing up. So much so, that when I was a first-time mom and I was so sleep-deprived I couldn’t think straight, this was one of my go-to songs to sing over baby Cara. Because things we embed in our hearts come back when we need them.
I just shared my age, kinda. Ahem. Moving on.
So, the other day, as I was reveling in some amazing news from a dear friend, I was reminded of just that. Asking. And feeling God’s presence.
I have some amazing friends. I was invited about 8 months ago to participate in a writer’s group. We even have a name: Inscribe. Back last fall, I felt God moving me to answer a call to write. Funny thing is, I am NOT a writer. Like, not even a little bit. I have a masters degree in accounting. I’m a CPA – not creative. I mean, I could whip up a fantastic scrapbook back in the late 2000’s, just like the next gal, but that was simply copying from other people well.
But, I surrendered. To what I thought it was. At the time, Cara was begging me to have a ‘girl’s club.’ I thought this might be it. So we started one. It was great, but it wasn’t what God meant when He told me to write. This blog was birthed out of that surrender. Eric and I, writing and designing together. Growing closer and working towards a common goal for our family. Blessed we said yes, even if it just helps one person.
So back to my amazing friends. We try to meet once a month. We don’t always all make it, but we always have a great time and come away inspired by our Jesus. One friend, Jackie, has finished her first book, I can’t wait to promote that this fall! Another friend is on her knees all summer and inspiring me to pray deeper. Another friend, the friend I’m here to use my words to bless, is grieving the loss of her first foster placement. And yet another friend is hiding from writing, but she still comes, and that’s ok.
There was an Inscribe meeting a couple of months ago at Kristin’s house. Kristin is one of those Jesus followers that you immediately want to know better. She oozes peace and compassion. She sees people and hears them. She is the epitome of Philippians 2 and I love her dearly. We just started getting to know each other a year or two ago, but she has blessed me much.
This night was a small group, just four of us. Each one with hurts and pains. It felt more like a confession time, or accountability group, than just hanging with girlfriends talking about our writing, or lack there of.
All night long I was pulled to staring at Kelly. You see, Kelly has struggled with infertility on and off for 8 years. I swear she looked pregnant, glowing, but I didn’t dare ask her. I knew they had just gone through some pain, so I just sat and pondered. Willing it to happen.
My best friend is sitting across the room and the night is coming to a close. Then she makes a face. I know this woman well, and I know that face is a little bewildered, then concerned, then anxious.
I turn around to see Kristin with a basin and some water. She says she feels God has asked her to wash our feet and pray for each of us. Now I see my friend’s concern, she hates people touching her feet!
I was bouncing; I was so giddy. I love Jesus friends, even when it feels weird. Even when I’m uncomfortable.
Because doesn’t God’s amazing power usually show forth when we’re uncomfortable?
So Kristin starts with me and prays this amazing prayer for my life, my family, our adoption.
Next is Kelly. And the atmosphere changes. We can feel God’s presence moving freely in the room. Kristin becomes bold in asking for a baby for Kelly. Despite the impossibles. Despite the medical NOs. Despite the fear and grief of the past.
Kristin finished praying for Kelly and Valerie and night had drawn and we had to go home. Valerie and I jumped into our mini van (yes, we’re that styling) and couldn’t stop talking. We knew Jesus was there. We knew Kelly was going to get pregnant. We were in awe.
Fast forward a month or so. Life happens, kids are busy, school years end, camp and swim team commences, days are full.
And then it happens. We get the text. “I’m pregnant.”
And there is God’s answer for Kelly. And God’s power through Kristin. And the God who just wants us to ask, for me.
“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right handin the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:15-23)
What were some of your amazing Jesus moments friends? Let’s remember and revel in God’s power today!
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