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Pastor’s Pen          October 4, 2017

 

For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:10

Even as a little kid my mind worked faster than my body. I was always thinking about so many things at once that the ordinary things would elude me. For example, I’d set something down and walk off without it. This caused no small amount of grief for me growing up, as cherished items were lost, each in turn.  I lost the charm bracelet of tiny, silver musical instruments, and later my high school class ring. I lost a beautiful new winter coat the first time I wore it, leaving it in the rest room at a high school basketball game for just ten minutes, then forever gone.

My parents weren’t the kind of people who had money. Even if they did, they were the “money doesn’t grow on trees” kind of parents. They weren’t likely to fork over a new winter coat if you didn’t have the good sense not to lose it. I wore last year’s coat the rest of my senior year. I remember.

Though I recall these few losses and what they cost me, what I remember more is what I found. Whenever I misplaced something, which was often enough, my mother would ask me stand in the middle of the room and close my eyes. First she told me to take a deep breath and to ask God to help me find whatever was missing. Then she asked me to imagine where I was the last time I had possession of the object of my search. Most of the time I would open my eyes and felt guided to the exact location of the missing prize.

As I think of it now, this exercise showed my mother to be a pretty good psychologist. As it turns out, she was a pretty good theologian too. Young as I was, this exercise, necessary more often than I’d like to admit, is among my earliest memories of asking God for help, and learning to trust that God would provide it.

“Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened,” Jesus said, “for you.” 

Prayer: God, thank you for teaching me that when lost, it’s o.k. to stop what I’m doing and to ask for help. Thank you for teaching me to trust that you will give me what you know that I need. Amen

 

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland