A cold evening at Starbucks
Today started all weird… Yesterday lights went out in downtown LBC and that means I had no heat so I took a cold shower. After work, I had to come down to the local star bucks to write down my thoughts. I ordered a Caramel Macchiato and sat down waiting patiently for my coffee. HOWEVER, inside the Starbucks is freezing! WHY ??? Why would they freeze me like this?
As I was going over my blogs daily verse, I came across the verse: Mark 9:21-24 (NIV)
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!””
Jesus was surprised at this man, who asked him to heal his son. Only if he could… There he is JESUS CHRIST, son of God, standing right in front of him and yet this man did not believe all the stuff that he could do. By this time Jesus had already performed many miracles, made the blind see, made the lame walk, walked on water..I mean did Jesus have to literally move a mountain for people to believe in him? Which he could by the way. We all have a spirit of unbelief that even when we ask we are not 100% confident that he will give us what we ask for.
How many of us have prayed what I like to call half prayers. For example, “ Please God, if it pleases you ,please heal me ,or get me that new job or increase my finances but if it’s not in your will (trying to justify if your prayer does not get answered why you shouldn’t feel bad because it’s not Gods will) I will be okay with it. In as much as we cannot force the hand of God, Jesus did clearly say ask and you shall receive. He also provided a parable of the persistent man who kept asking for forgiveness from the king until the king did not want to be bothered anymore and just granted the desperate man what he needed. And Jesus asks “How much more then, will your father in heaven provide for you when you ask?” The key is faith and making sure that whatever you ask for is in line with God’s words. He after all knows what is in your heart.
Think on this:
What if we changed our minds and perception of who God is? What if we understood what he could do for you and me? What if we asked for forgiveness and we knew that he has already forgiven us and instead of wallowing in pity, we believed that we are truly forgiven.