Lucy had been begging us for weeks for a pair of roller skates. Our LOGICAL response was, "No sweetheart. We don't go skating often and we don't want to spend $50.00 on a pair of skates when your feet will grow out of them so soon."
This conversation so tired me that I eventually told her that if she really wanted those skates she would have to just talk to God about it because my resolve was final. She immediately went into her room and I, wondering exactly what she was up to, stayed outside her doorway and listened as she (quite literally) cried out to God. Her tearful words went something like this; "My mom and dad just don't understand how much I WANT roller skates. And they won't get them for me. I REALLY want skates God. Will you give me some skates..PLEASE?"
She never asked me for them again. A week or so passed and we headed to Tulsa, Ok, where we had a busy but wonderful time. The kids had been so patient and well behaved while Mommy and Daddy were having ministry time that we decided to take them to the zoo. On the way to the zoo we remembered a last-minute invitation to take Lucy to a community-wide kids event. Long story short -We go for an hour. There were THOUSANDS of tikes. Just as we headed out, the loud speaker boomed, "Lucy Lusk you have a prize waiting for you at such and such location!" - Yep! You guessed it. My little girl has a new pair of "adjustable" (how smart) roller skates.
Matthew 7:7 "Ask and you shall receive." Later in the same chapter the Bible talks about how God gives better presents than natural parents.