You’ll know for sure how nerdy I am, when I tell you I’ve been praying about a grammar concern all summer. Maybe you’ve been hiking and boating and roasting marshmallows, but I just do words in all four seasons.
So you know I’m a Spanish teacher, and I entered the summer determined to understand this one grammar detail that I just couldn’t seem to grasp. I know you do.not.care, so I won’t bore you with the details, except to tell you that I was asking God to help me understand that particular piece of the language.
Well, I prayed and prayed.
Asked and asked.
I still couldn’t understand it. I Googled and read on the matter in several different grammar books. Still “no comprendo” (you know that Spanish phrase, right?)
Saturday morning I was so discouraged about this. A Spanish teacher really needs to understand all the details she’s teaching. I said, “Lord, I sure do need some encouragement here.”
That afternoon I gave Google one more try, and I struck gold in a Spanish website. There before me was a detailed description of what I was trying to figure out, with lots of examples. My plaguing questions were answered, and I got up from the computer exclaiming, “I get it! I get it!”
I walked around the house the rest of that day saying, “Lord, I can’t believe you helped me understand this. You are awesome.”
Now I know you would start yawning, if I were to talk to you about grammar usage and verb tenses. You would say something like, “Oh, I forgot I need to go start dinner now.”
But God does not yawn when we talk to him.
God doesn’t make polite excuses and say, “Oh, not interesting. Goodbye.” Like I say out loud when I hear my husband start talking about fly fishing with the menfolk, and I am out of there.
God stays. God listens. God acts.
Ask and it will be given to you… (Matthew 7:7 NIV)
Please care about verb tenses for just a second, because that verb “ask” literally means “keep asking, keep asking, keep asking.”
If God will listen to a woman in Montana who is bugging him about understanding grammar? Well, you’ve got to know he cares about your little thing you need help with. The Lord may be the only one who cares, but if you could choose just one person to really get you and really listen and actually help? Well, he is the One you want.
So don’t be afraid to pray, and then keep asking until the Lord works it out for you.