Last year, our 7yr old son, Boj, longed to have a PSP. Fortunately, he was gifted with one, but not without a hitch in the story. His uncle from the overseas sent one through a cousin who accidentally lost it along the way. You can picture how his excitement (and ours) went from sky high to ground zero. Anyway, the aunt who was very caring and generous paid for the lost gadget and Boj had the bonus of having to choose his own PSP from the local distributor. And boy, was he ecstatic! (not to mention, the dad too!). Then a few months ago, he lost the connector of the charger in one of the parties that we attended. After a careful search and some pulling-off strings to any possibility of finding it, we gave up. To teach him a lesson, we never bought for a replacement. It doesn’t matter if it’s a few hundred of pesos, we just didn’t budge in.
That was close to 5 months ago. Sometimes he would borrow a charger from a friend so he can play a bit on a weekend, but 99% of the time, he just stares at it, until I decided to safekeep it so as not to “torment” him. And, for the past 4 months, he has been praying for a replacement –non-stop. As if to drive his point, every Sunday, in the prayer and thanksgiving list, his PSP charger made it to the “top most wanted” list. Our kids’ church pastor and the staff can attest to this! They actually asked if we can just buy Boj one but I said, I wanted to see how a young man’s faith can go this far and wide. Little by little, we’ve noticed that whenever he asks for something, he doesn’t ask it from us directly anymore (especially if it is something BIG). He begins to ask from the main source, God himself. His typical prayer is like this “ Lord, please give Dad many sales and money so he can buy me a charger ..” We felt this can go on forever, and it almost did until dad finally surprised him with one last week! He was close to tears when he got it!
I know this is typical to most parents with young children, but what I have seen just marvels me in the light of what Jesus has spoken about them –“.. Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16-17) Boj just taught me a valuable lesson on praying effectively – pray without ceasing, believe that you can have it, ask for the small and big things, and more importantly, wait for His timing. Waiting is the key. If a 7yr- old boy can wait for what seemed to be forever, why can’t we? Because our default mode seemed to be “if You can’t, then I can”. We bring matters into our own hands, forgetting that He is the One that matters! Like that of the Story of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8); this one is that of the Persistent Son. Boj’s pleading day and night didn’t go unnoticed by the Giver. God just used his dad to be a channel of that most valuable PSP charger.
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