During a Saturday morning trip to the grocery store, I noticed signs that indicated one of the most wonderful times of the year--Girl Scout Cookie Season! I had already ordered my favorite cookies from one of my younger cousins, but I decided that today would be a good day to support another young Girl Scout, while satisfying my need for Thin Mints and Samoas.
Before I approached the table too eagerly, I decided to wait for the sale's pitch. I thought, "I'll allow her the opportunity to ask me to purchase cookies." I walked toward the grocery store's entrance intent on purchasing four boxes of cookies, IF I was asked.
I entered the store without purchasing the cookies.
I exited the store without purchasing the cookies.
I had everything that was needed to complete a transaction: desire, appetite, and funds, but I did not make the purchase because no one asked.
I did not leave the store feeling bitter because I wasn't approached by the adults or the children who stood outside on that cool morning in February. I drove home reflecting on the number of times I have found myself in the same situation as those who had cases of cookies to sell before the season ended.
Why didn't they ask? Was it fear of rejection?
Were those young girls wrestling with a desire to ask and the fear of hearing no?
Did they assume that a transaction would automatically occur and they would not have to ask?
I quickly calculated everything that I had displayed on the tables of my heart.
How many situations had I wrestled with needlessly because I was afraid to ask? How many times had I struggled with a problem that I could not understand? Without a doubt, I understand that God is able to supply all of my needs, according to His riches in glory (Phil. 4:19); however, there are times that I just do not ask.
Did you ask Him for the answers to the questions that keep you awake a night?
Did you ask Him for help with the situation on your job?
Did you ask Him to clarify your ministry assignment and you purpose in life?
Did you ask Him for direction as you ponder the days, months, and years ahead of you?
Did you ask?
Don't become frustrated or try to figure things out on your own.
Take all of your concerns and requests to God and He will provide you with peace (Phil. 4:6-7). He has all the answers that you need, do not be afraid to ask.