I was eleven. My brother was five. Grandma had agreed to watch both of us overnight. (What was she thinking?) My Grandmother (this one anyway) was never the cooking/baking grandma. She was more of the, "Let's get take-out and go to the movies!" granny. That was ok by us.
On this particular day, she decided (or more likely, we did) to get something at the McDonald's drive thru. She pulled up and waited for the McEmployee's voice to ask her what she wanted. Nobody on the other end was polite enough to ever greet her, so she took the liberty of placing her order sans salutation.
"I'd like two chicken nugget meals, one with a toy for a boy and one for a girl, a fish sandwich and a medium fry." No response. She was getting pretty miffed about the bad service. Other cars in line started to honk at her, as if to say, "Move it already, Lady." Some of them gave up and sped around her in hopes of finding "fast" food somewhere else. I remember she did one of those iconic old lady, "Well I never!"s. My brother and I stared at each other. Finally he said to me, "You tell her." "Alright, I'll do it. Uh, Grandma, ... you're talking into the trash can."
If you've ever met my Grandmother, you know well her fits of laughter. She burst into one of them in line at the drive through . (I'm thankful for the people who can laugh at themselves.) As soon as Grandma wiped her tears for the third time, she successfully communicated her desire for happy meals and some McSomething or others, and we happily munched on our long anticipated dinner. Grandma, if you ever read this, I love you, and I am grateful for all the fun memories we have together.
Here it comes:
Grandma wasn't getting her desire met because she wasn't connected to the right source.
Could it be the same with us? Of course. We as humans, all have needs and wants. The only way to see all of our desires fulfilled is to place our order with the Big Mac "Heavenly" Daddy Himself, aka God.
You see, He created us to be dependent on Him. Why? Because he longs for a relationship with us. Yup, that's what I said. THE GUY WHO CREATED THE SUN AND THE STARS AND MATTER, wants to be your friend. He wants YOU and ME to break down and say, "I can do a lot better with YOU God, working with me. YOU GOD can be a part of my life. In fact, I will let YOU GOD run the show. YOU GOD want me to be blessed and fulfilled so, hey, let's go with that."
That's what makes the difference you see in My and my husband's lives. We pray prayers like the one above all the time. Go ahead. Make the crazy move. Talk to God. He's waiting anxiously for you to do it. He's geeked up about the good things in store for you.
1 John 5:14,15 says,
"And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for."
PS. Somebody gave me a car today. Crazy enough, they said God told them to do it.