Is it okay to ask God for the moon?

9:28 am Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

God spoke again to Ahaz. This time he said, “Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon!” Isaiah 7:10-11 (MSG)

This verse was written in the colours of a rainbow on my sister-in-law’s kitchen wall:
Scrawled onto the blackboard this verse caught my imagination: 
Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon! (tweet this)

I thought of all the times I’ve asked God for the moon but have been disappointed when I haven’t received it gift wrapped as the sun rises. 

I prayed that Xylon wouldn’t have cancer. 
I prayed he wouldn’t have to have chemo, then more chemo, then a bone marrow transplant, then radiation.

I prayed that my nephew would be born perfect.

My sister-in-law nursed her son while she told me that after Noah was diagnosed with Down Syndrome she started reading through Isaiah and found this verse. 

Then in quiet tones she told me about how after they read the verse my brother asked
“God, does this mean I can ask for you to take Noah's Down Syndrome away?”

And then she told me what my brother felt God had replied to his question: 
"You know when you reach the legal age for driving and ask your dad for a car. But instead of the car that all your friends have he gets you a car that makes you stand out from everyone else.

And you’re upset about it because you wanted to be like your friends, “Why? Why did you give me this car? I just wanted the one that everyone else has.”

And you’re so upset that your car isn’t what you expected, you fail to realise what a blessing a car with 5 doors instead of 3 is. All you see is that you weren't treated the same as everyone else. And you miss the gift that has been given you. ”

Maybe all this time God has been gift-wrapping the moon for me and I didn’t recognise it. (tweet this)

Ponder: Do you believe you can ask God for anything, that you can ask him for the moon? 

Prayer: God, your word says I can ask for anything so I’m asking for (fill in the blank). Lord, I don’t want to miss the gift you give me so please open my eyes and heart to recognise the gift you’ve given when it doesn’t look like what I hoped for. 

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Photo Credits (Creative Commons): hand and street unsplash.com, moon: Luna rona (license) | Design: Wendy van Eyck

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