I remember seeing this father’s day video featuring, of course, a father, and his son, seated on a bench, perhaps outside a nursing home.
The son was reading the newspaper, and the father, who saw a sparrow a few times, asked his son over and over what it was. The 3rd time he asked, the son perhaps got annoyed and lashed out on his father about asking repeatedly.
The father got up and went inside the building to get a notebook, flipped through, and then asked his son to read out loud. And it was about the son when he was 3, asking the same question, about the sparrow, 21 times. He also wrote there that he answered lovingly, and hugged him during those 21 times.
Now, I remember this video while I was reading a Christian book for parents, which compiles God’s promises written in the Bible, specifically with this verse:
“If you need wisdom – if you want to know what God wants you to do – ask Him, and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.”
James 1:5 | NLT
I honestly don’t know how many times I have asked God for something. Not just wisdom and knowledge regarding things around the house. Not just about how to be a better wife or a better mom. Not just about how to be an effective servant for Him.
But I would know that I have probably asked Him too many times also the same exact questions. And perhaps the reason I asked Him again and again is because I haven’t learned, or haven’t put them to heart, or perhaps I have actually forgotten.
And this verse, and the video, reminded me that it’s okay to ask God, and that He is even glad that He’s asking. He won’t be annoyed. He’d even hug us whenever we do ask.
It also reminded me that perhaps there were a lot of times when I become impatient because I didn’t understand His answer. Or impatient that He also asks me to do something for Him, that I couldn’t because I’m preoccupied with other things.
It definitely reminded me to just be a little more sensitive to what He is asking of me. Because whatever it is, it is definitely not a favor that He needs, but rather, a teaching that answers my quest for understanding of what life is, and how I can be better in living it for Him.