“Ye have not, because ye ask not.” – James 4:2
Nathalie Jeter – When I was in graduate school, I had a lot of reading to do. To avoid eye strain, I usually studied near a window in my apartment so I could look outside once in a while and allow my eyes to relax. One day, I looked up from my book and saw a little girl’s birthday party going on in the common area between the apartment buildings. The kids were lined up in a single file and each one took a turn swatting at a big pink and purple candy-shaped piñata hanging from a tree.
Some of the little ones didn’t understand the object of the game. They would timidly approach the piñata and lightly tap it with a stick, then quickly run back to the end of the line. After a few minutes of this, it was the turn of a boy who looked like he was about to jump out of his skin with excitement. Once he got the stick in his hands, it quickly became obvious that he had played this game before. He stepped up to the piñata and started whacking that thing like a crazy person. He knew there was candy in there, and he was going to get it!!
I laughed so hard I nearly fell out of my chair – especially when the adults at the party had to restrain him – but it also reminded me that God wants us to be like that little boy when it comes to asking for the good things He has promised us. Sometimes we’re more like the little girls in their pretty dresses who step up hesitantly to the heavenly throne, asking timidly for blessings, wisdom, insight, and all the things that God has already promised to give us if we just ask.
I once saw a t-shirt that said, “Don’t pursue your dreams: chase ‘em down and tackle ‘em!” And I think when it comes to God’s promises, that principle is exactly right. It’s time we stop being weighed down by excuses and start chasing down and claiming those God-given promises!
The second that piñata finally split open and candy showered down from above, it wasn’t just the bold little piñata hitter who was blessed: everyone’s enthusiasm kicked in, and all the kids reaped the benefits.
When we become heavenly piñata hitters, willing to look a little crazy as we pursue our God-given dreams with confidence and enthusiasm, God moves through us so that not only are we blessed, but others around us will share in the blessings as well.
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