Expecting more than candy on Halloween
Last night we had an “indoor trick or treating” event at the church. It highlighted for me how far I have to go in trusting God and believing that he will answer prayer. For years Michelle and I have held the beginning of Psalm 5 as a passage that is something we both long for. There David says, “in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” I think in my life this would more often read, “in the morning I lay my requests before you and then don’t expect anything.” I think the root of this is that I don’t want to put God on the spot. I don’t want to expect something and then see nothing happen (oh me of little faith). The thing is that the witness of Scripture is really clear that as long as we’re praying in the Spirit and along with the will of God he wants to answer.
So Michelle and I, along with a number of others, prayed all week that God would allow us to bless our community with a good time and some dinner on Halloween. It wasn’t about “getting them to church,” but just trying to do something good for people. I went into the night praying (yes, praying) that God would bring two or three families from the neighborhood who we could love and bless. By the end of the night we had about 100 people come through (we had to go buy more hot dogs and still were one short in the end) and the majority of those were people from the neighborhood. Beyond the numbers, I had numerous people just say thank you for providing that safe place for the kids to enjoy themselves–the very thing I wanted people to experience.
My faith is clearly a work in progress–it always will be. But this morning I praise God for answering our prayers far beyond what I hoped. And I hope he uses that to grow my expectations of what he can and will do.