No! I can do it!

I’m gearing up for the time when my daughter says, “No! I can do it!”  I’m not one for being told how to do something if I didn’t ask and my wife is an “I can do it” type.  I THINK we’re in for it.


“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. —Matthew 7

The gift, the finding, and the opening come through our submission to the one who gives, reveals, and opens.  We must ask, seek, and knock.  But it’s not easy placing ourselves at the mercy of another.  Each of us, in our own way, wants to do it ourselves.  “No!  I can do it!”

Whether it is having faith or growing in faith, we must place ourselves in the hands of God and allow him to work within us.  Sure, we need to ask; we need to seek; we need knock, because in each of these things we find God responding.  God has given a mystery for us to inquire, an object for us to search after, and a door that must be opened from the other side.  Really, it’s a relationship, one of give and take.  We work together, but we are at the mercy of God.

You can’t do it…alone.  Work with God, placing yourself at this mercy, and allow him to work within your heart and life as you ask, seek, and knock.

May it be so, O Lord.

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