1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray continually. (NIV)
Our four-year-old granddaughter knows what she likes, and today, it's yellow. She boldly wears a dazzlingly bright yellow short set and chooses mustard for her sandwich. She scribbles only with buttercup-coloured crayons and grins mightily as we journey past a field of golden sunflowers.
Our special day together passes in a sunny yellow haze. Soon we will spend a few minutes together at the local coffee shop. I will have my coffee and Kaia will have her vanilla donut with sprinkles. Why am I surprised to hear her request for yellow sprinkles?
Oh, oh! The sprinkles are never yellow and Kaia is four. I mean, today of all days, she is really four. She is not fond of refused requests. Oh, oh!
"Please, Lord," I said aloud. "Will you please give Kaia yellow sprinkles today?" And we went in, to a place no grandma wants to go — a place that could spell meltdown for both of us.
And in that never-before-yellow-sprinkle coffee shop, stood a rack of vanilla donuts… with yellow sprinkles.
"Ah," said Miss Kaia, smiling joyfully, "God gave me yellow sprinkles."
I slowly sipped my coffee, grateful, of course, for yellow sprinkles, but also regretting the many other times when I could have prayed and didn't.
What would happen if we really took advantage of God's advice and prayed without ceasing?
Prayer: Lord, help us to trust You with yellow sprinkles, those prayers that seem too insignificant to mention. Amen.