“Which of you if your son asks for bread will give him a stone? … How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?” (Matthew 7:9, 11b)
What a sweet analogy Jesus gives us here in the seventh chapter of Matthew. It’s sweet because Jesus said this knowing as parents and grandparents, we could relate. We want to give and do the best for our children and grandchildren.
A couple of weeks ago on the way out to lunch, David and I passed our son, Aaron, on the road. We motioned for him to roll down the window and asked him where he was going. He told us he had been strolling Henderson, our grandson, around the mall because Jamie, our daughter-in-law, was sick with a fever. Aaron wasn’t feeling well either but was trying to give Jamie a break.
We told him if he would ask us we’d be happy to take Henderson off his hands so he and Jamie could get some rest. He nodded and we drove on going our separate ways.
Well, before we could finish our lunch our phones were chiming with Aaron’s texts, asking us to come get Henderson. You’ve never seen two people scarf down sandwiches faster. The waitress must of thought the call was an emergency.
We dropped by the kid’s house, picked up our bundle of busy and headed home.
It was our JOY.
Even the poopie diaper, the likes of which I haven’t seen in 29 years (which by the way happened while David was conveniently on the phone). When I got through changing Henderson, both he and I needed a bath! Oh yes, no joke, that bad! I threw his onesie in the washer and wrapped him in a blanket.
But it was still all JOY.
And that’s what parents and grandparents do.
And God as our perfect and loving, heavenly Father can and will do much more, more than we can ever imagine.
We only need to … ask.
Ask for wisdom.
Ask for discernment.
Ask for healing.
Ask for help.
Ask for whatever is needed, nothing is too insignificant. Our Father is never too busy.
And it is His JOY to answer.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened of you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks, finds and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you if your son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for fish, will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7: 7-11