“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.” – Isaiah 55.8 (NIV)
My husband bought my 10-year old son a used video game from Game Stop. Most of the time, the used games are just sold as a cartridge, but my son wanted the cartridge case and the cover art for the game. The store clerk was able to give him a blank cartridge case; however, the cover art for the game was not available. My son was disappointed, so the clerk told him that he could check back at a later time to see if the cover art became available.
My husband took him to another Game Stop closer to our house to see if they had the cover art, but they didn’t. Then I happened to be at a book store with my kids that had a Game Stop nearby, so my son jumped out to see if they had the cover art. Sadly, he came out empty handed again. My son was upset, and I really wanted to tell him that it would be impossible to get the cover art. Most people throw them away, and the store attendants probably don’t keep track of them.
But instead of telling my son to be “practical,” I closed my eyes and prayed in Jesus’ name in front of my three kids.
“God, You know my son’s heart. You know he really wants the cover art to go with his game. So I pray in Jesus’ name that a store will obtain the cover art for the game and save it for my son. Amen.”
All my kids said amen. It was a simple prayer, spoken quickly in my SUV before I drove back home. But I had determined myself to have faith instead of doubt. Something I was learning in my own life.
A few days later at the mall, my husband and son entered yet another Game Stop, and lo and behold, the cover art for his game was there. Not only that, the store clerk gave him the sleeve that went inside the cartridge case. In a simple yet profound way to my son, He knew that God was listening and that Jesus cared about his desires.
So many times, we think in a “practical” spirit according to the world’s ways. But God’s ways are higher, and He is fully capable of doing miracles—great and small ones—in our lives. God cares about us, and He wants to bless us. We simply need to determine ourselves to have faith, not doubt.
“What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” – 1 Corinthians 2.12 (NIV)
Questions: Have you shut down a desire simply because it didn’t seem practical? Can you determine in your heart to have faith, not doubt? How can you encourage the small steps of faith of those around you?