I watched my family eat the perfect summer meal tonight: hot dogs, chips, and fresh veggies. The smoky smell made my tummy rumble and I had a small temptation when Sophia enthusiastically enjoyed her first taste experience with snow peas from the Farmer’s Market… and Mallory didn’t want hers. I normally would have snagged Mal’s up. Yes! Mine! Called it!
Not this time. No, I won’t play food sports tonight. I’m a really good food athlete too, so that smarts.
Today’s the second last day of my fast. But really it’s my last day, since tomorrow’s Friday and I get to eat on Fridays, remember? (Hey, they’re my rules to make!) Strangely enough, as I wished to be eating with my family, I also thought, I’m going to miss this.
I’m going to miss this purposeful pursuit! I feel very blessed over these past few weeks because God has been so kind to give me insights into how he is working his will in my life. He has given me peace that he is in control even if I can’t see this visibly yet. Every time I open my Bible, he has entrusted me with new understanding about how His kingdom operates here on earth. All powerful answers to my prayers on this 40-day fast.
More than anything else I have wanted wisdom from God. He promises it to those who ask! In fact, this is a prayer I’ve been praying since I was a young girl and first read about King Solomon.
…the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
I’ve played this game before! I wish for a million more wishes!
Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
When I read this, I knew, in my heart of hearts, that Solomon had asked for the right thing. What would God say?
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor —so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.
How wonderful! Wisdom plus plus! But I paused, thinking wisdom was way too easy to get! What an awesome gift to have and all we have to do is ask?
In the book of James, it says, when facing trials and temptations, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Yes! Mine! Called it!
I’m excited to share the specifics, but I just rested my eyes for a minute and 10 slipped by unnoticed. I probably should go to bed instead of writing 1,000 more words. That would be wise.
Till Day 40 then.