“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” --Luke 11:10 (NIV)
“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.” –Luke 11:10 (The Message)
One day Lexi trapped a live mouse. We occasionally find dead mice, prey to owls or roaming cats, but on this afternoon Lexi scared up a live one. It dodged and weaved as Lexi nosed after it, scurrying around and between my boots. I dodged and weaved, too. I’m not terribly dainty, but I shuddered at the thought of it crawling over my foot. Finally the mouse just hunkered down and endured Lexi’s thorough sniffing. (She didn’t harm it.) This cat-and-mouse (or dog-and-mouse) game is so familiar that “cat-and-mouse” has become an idiom in English. This is not the kind of relationship we have with God. Faith isn’t a power struggle or a negotiation. We don’t plead with God for his amusement. He isn’t capricious, and he doesn’t toy with us. He’s generous. We can ask for what we need. We don’t have to haggle or barter. Nor do we have to hunker down and endure whatever God heaps upon us. That mouse must have been certain Lexi was going to crush it in her jaws. Instead she lavished it with dog drool. God lavishes goodness on us.
Dear God, Remind me that faith isn’t a cat and mouse game and that I don’t need to bargain with you. Amen