Sarah, Chris and I went to a talk about Islam at the YW recently. It was as interesting for the questions people asked, which revealed a lot about themselves, as it was for the topic. The best part was actually Sarah’s analysis for Chris and me afterward. She is smart, insightful and funny, and she uses really big words to shred other people’s arguments to pieces. But that’s another story. What I have been thinking about a lot lately was the joke the speaker told, I think to illustrate how similar we Americans are, regardless of our religious denominations.
Here’s the joke:
A man was on his way to church/temple/mosque, and he was running late. All the way there, he worried about having to spend a lot of time searching for a place to park and needing to walk a long distance once he found one, making him even more late. So he prayed, “Lord, let there be a parking spot when I get there.”
He finally gets to the (insert appropriate location here), and there is a parking spot right outside the front door. As he pulls in, he says to God, “Thanks, anyway, but I found a place.”
Now, I don’t know if God will help us find good parking spots, but if we do believe in a personal God who loves us as a father loves his children, then it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think He might. Although the mother in me thinks the kids should to learn to leave for church on time…and they probably should walk there….But I wonder how many times that I ask for God’s help, then dismiss it or fail to recognize it when it comes. Huh.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him. ~ Matthew 7:11