I love cats and always had at least one while I was growing up. cat-205757_640You can imagine my horror then, when I noticed a dead cat in the drainage ditch beside the rural road where I awaited the school bus every day. Day after long winter day, that cat decayed. I couldn’t keep myself from looking and felt powerless to do anything about it. With spring came the merciful growth of weeds, hiding from my view the sight that both repelled and drew me.

Looking back, I wonder why I didn’t ask my dad to bury the cat for me. He loved me. He knew how much I loved cats. I’m certain he would have buried the cat if I’d told him about it. But I never mentioned it. I don’t think it occurred to me, back then, that the perfect solution to my problem was close at hand.

How often do I let a problem eat away at me when I have a loving Father who could help? The Bible says God loves us,* knows us completely,* and wants us to come to him.* Jesus told us we can trust God,* and taught us to ask for what we need .* Why don’t we? The Bible says he is faithful, kind and loving.* He knows what we need before we ask him.* All we have to do is ask. Just ask.

But if he already knows, why doesn’t he just do it? James 4:2 says we don’t have because we don’t ask. Maybe God wants us to show him that we trust and depend on him. If he just took care of all our troubles, how would we know to look to Him, thank Him, love Him?

Have a blessed day, knowing that God is right there, ready to help when we ask.

*Bible references (NIV):
John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Psalm 139:1: “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.”

Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.

John 14:1: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

John 14:13-14: “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Psalm 86:15: “But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

Matthew 6:8: “…your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

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