Are you afraid to ask?

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Isaiah 55:1, ESV

My 1970’s family only traveled to visit relatives.  So, it was a real stretch for me to present the extravagant idea of a vacation to Disney World.  It was a heart dream, which I first shared with my mom thinking she would talk to dad.  She didn’t volunteer.  If I wanted us to go I needed to ask my dad.

I walked away feeling sad.  It seemed too high a price to pay.  I argued with myself for days:

“I can’t ask. But I really want to go!  Then ask dad. I can’t.  Why not?  It’s a huge risk.  What’s the risk?  The worst he’ll say is no.  Right, dad might say no, and I’m not sure my heart could take it.”

There it was, the root of my despair.  I wanted something I didn’t need.  I was afraid to ask my dad for such an extravagant wish.  Worst of all, I was afraid he would turn me away in shame.

Finally, my desire to go overcame my fear of asking.  With all the boldness I could muster I approached my dad.  My head hung low.  My voice was barely audible, and my eyes welled with tears.  I asked though I was sure I was going to faint.afraid to ask IG 011318

But my dad, who had said ‘no’ plenty of times before, pulled me in for a hug.  He saw how hard it was for me to ask, and recognized the depth of my desire for this trip as a family.  My dad said, “Yes!”

As I reflect on this memory, I realize my dad wasn’t the problem.  He loved me, and if he was able, he would give me just about anything.  He only turned me down if he thought I would be hurt.  How much more does our perfect Heavenly Father desire to give us good things – even extravagant things. (Matthew 7:11, ESV)

Do you ever have wild ideas you can’t accomplish on your own?  The only answer is to take it to your Father.  Do you react like I did?  Are you afraid to ask Father God to help you with your extravagant dream?  I pray His desire in you will be greater than your fear of asking!


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4 thoughts on “Are you afraid to ask?

  1. Oh Lisa, this Word is so so good. Thank You so much for this beautiful encouragement. Oh how my heart needs to remember this and how beautifully it affirms the Lord’s Word to me just this morning.

    1. Anna I am always so grateful when Holy Spirit highlights something for me and prompts me to make it available to others. I’m so grateful this was an encouragement for you to focus on Jesus today! You’re shining! Lisa \0/

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