Sometimes, children breathe out the very words of God, and we only need to listen.
“LORD, thank you for my ouchie that it will go away,” Iva said to my surprise after I had asked her to pray for the booboo she got from running the other day. Surely, we had told her to say ‘thank you’ prayers for meals, or gifts that she received, or new stuff that we got for the house, but I certainly don’t recall an ouchie, as we’d like to call a booboo.
For quite some time now, Iva has been leading the prayers before we left the house, and this one was really special, as it was the Bible being played out from the heart of a three-year old:
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Am I choosy and picky that I have not been thankful for the ouchies in my life, when what God desires is for me to be thankful in everything? Am I shortchanging God with my selective gratitude attitude?
Also, that “…that it will go away” line, for me, is definitely a proclamation of confidence. It reminds me that God is not idle, that He can do and will do anything I ask if it is in accordance with His will. The Bible words it in this way:
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” – 1 John 5:14
“Yup, thank you for the reminder, Iva,” I suddenly thought to myself. And so, as we were by the door holding hands and closing our eyes in prayer, I found myself making my own ‘thank you’ prayer in my head:
“It’s been quite a while since I last thanked You, God, for what forgetful, shortsighted me sees as unfavorable, bad, regrettable things that have happened in my life. Because I know who You are – the lover of my soul, my friend, my Father, thank You for these as well. Thank You for my ouchies. Thank You also that my prayers don’t just bounce on these walls; You hear them.”