This morning as we were all getting ready for work and school, I heard a small voice calling from the kitchen downstairs. The little voice sounded concerned but not panicked. I figured it was important but not life threatening. As a parent, it doesn’t take long to start to distinguish the level, pitch and tone of the voice of your child relative to the level of emergency. This was about a 5 on a scale of 10. My youngest (Princess 2.0) simply said –
“Uh dad….we have a problem.”
It wasn’t a Tom Hanks level “Houston, we have a problem” but it was a problem nonetheless. So I came down to investigate. What I found is in the picture in this post. Actually, this was the “after” version of the picture. The before had the lid still on the soup can and the pull tab off. There was also a can opener laying near the can. As my daughter walked away to leave me to figure this out, she exclaimed to my other daughter (Princess 1.0)…
“He will fix it.”
I stood there looking at this potential disaster thinking that I was glad she had that much confidence in my skills. That is when it hit me. The past few weeks have been brutal on social media. The number of prayer requests have been uncharacteristically large. They have been heavy, heavy requests. From the passing of loved ones to major surgeries, they have been heavy. I stood there looking at this can and thinking how my daughter approached me with a concern and then confidently left me to make it better. She walked away knowing I would fix it.
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
How often do we approach God’s throne of grace with CONFIDENCE? Do I make my prayer requests and walk away with a confidence that “He will fix it?” Because He will and He does.
In case you’re wondering, I was able to save the can of soup. I used a butter knife and pried the lid off through the opening that was created before the tab popped off. Her faith in me was rewarded with hot soup in her lunch thermos.
One other thought (and it’s important). Just before they left, Princess 1.0 said “How did you get that lid off?”
Me – How do you think I got it off?
Princess 1.0 – Can opener?
Me – Nope.
Princess 1.0 – Bare hands?
Me – Nope. Butter knife.
This exchange was important because when we approach the throne with confidence, we need to understand that the way we THOUGHT He would fix it and the way He does fix it are not always the same. It might not be the “fix” we requested. We might even make suggestions to God as to HOW He should fix it (can opener). But His wisdom and greater understanding trump our knowledge.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
His ways are higher. Today, as you scroll your social media feed, or the pages of your prayer journal, consider approaching the throne of grace WITH CONFIDENCE that He will fix it. Know that it may not be the fix you suggested or thought, but He will fix it.