A Nugget of Wisdom: “You Have Not because You Ask Not”

This is my last blog before I return to school at Nyack College. I’ve spent time with  friends, family, and a hearty amount with my mom. She reminded me of a nugget of wisdom that she has told me my entire life; one that I would like to share with you. I’m not sure what we were talking about, or how we got to the subject, but she stopped mid conversation, looked at me, and said Erin “You have not because you ask not”. I’ve always overlooked this phrase because I thought being content with what I have was a virtue. Being greedy was something that I never wanted to have in my life. Yet, I am realizing now more than ever that my mother was definitely on to something.

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You cannot live life in bashful desire for the things you are too afraid to ask for. I’ve put her words into action and because of that I have been immensely blessed. (I even had bacon for breakfast this week) You see, parents are great in the sense that whenever you ask, they love to supply and sustain their children with every need. It is coded within the DNA of every parent to nurture, protect, serve, care, and above all love their children endlessly. When children don’t ask, when we don’t approach our parents with things that we need, there is no way they can provide, and both are excluded from part of their innate nature of the relationship.

erinsThe same goes for the body of Christ. As I look back on this year, I am overwhelmed with how the Lord has been trying to teach me this lesson. In one of my classes at Nyack College, we talked about the importance of the entire church in sending out one missionary into the field. Obviously, there is one who is going, but they cannot do much with out the prayer, financial support, or the supplies that the church can provide when they stick together. God ultimately provides all these things, but sometimes—I mean most of the time—it requires us to humble ourselves and ask for support from others.

The church is meant to be a community that works together to further the kingdom by spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. So whether in everyday life, or in your Christian walk, remember that sometimes it truly is just as simple as asking and God will provide. Just as Abraham trusted that the Lord would provide the sacrifice, God still wants us to trust and ask for his provisions.

“Man plans, and God laughs.”

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“Man plans, and God laughs” —Yiddish Proverb

Recently, I’ve had a lot of plans.
Recently, nothing has gone as planned. 

If you’ve read my posts before, you know that I run a worship practice every Wednesday night for the teens in my youth group. Two weeks ago, I was hoping to work with just the singers (since there are usually about 8-10 of them), but how many showed up? Just one. So, I had to shuffle things around and formulate a plan B. Last week, I was hoping to go out to dinner with my family, but had to go to a last-minute meeting for work. This week, the youth group is going on a beach trip and, unfortunately, it’s supposed to rain almost every day. Recently, my life has been a conglomeration of canceled plans, rearranged appointments, and hurried finalizations, all because my plans fail to work out…well…as planned.

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I’ve heard a lot of talk in my life of God opening and shutting doors. It’s a lot easier to understand God taking away opportunities or experiences when it’s obvious that they’re not pleasing to Him. The hardest thing to try and understand is why God would take away an opportunity that you’re so sure was for His glory.

I could go on about trusting God and being more relaxed with your busy schedule. But, here’s the bottom line: God knows better than me. God knows better than you. God knows better than your planner, and God knows better than your schedule. God knows what you don’t, and that’s you. That’s right, folks, God knows you better than you know yourself because he is aware of your past, present, and future (In case you haven’t noticed, you were only there for 2 of those 3 things).

Proverbs 16:3– “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Proverbs 16:9– “In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Proverbs 19:21– “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

These are just some things God has been teaching me, and as I find both my summer halfway over and lots of unknowns in the year to come, these are the things I hope to remember. I truly believe that these everyday occurrences are little lessons that God sends our way, hoping that maybe eventually, we’ll catch on.

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