It’s like our six-year old, Austin, cannot even see the possibility of a negative outcome when he is wanting and believing for something. He sees a toy or a game that he absolutely has to have, and he begins to tell us about it. As he describes it in detail, he says things like, “When I get it, I’m going to…” Not “if I get it,” but “when I get it.”
In his mind, there is no possible way we would say “no” to his request. And it’s not a greed thing (though he has his moments… as do I). He is so innocent and full of faith in our ability to provide what he wants and our willingness to bring him joy.
He entered a contest today in which he has the possibility of winning an iPad mini. In his mind, he has already won. He just has to wait for the contest to come to a close and receive his prize. He doesn’t even consider that there is a chance he won’t win. He doesn’t consider that other kids might also have a chance to win. The odds mean nothing to him… because he is going to win.
Oh, that I would view my Heavenly Father with such childlike faith! Oh, to be able to completely exclude any possibility that God would not answer my request. Oh, that I would never view failure as a possible outcome, only success.
And yet, isn’t that what Jesus instructed His disciples to do… to have faith like a child? What a radical concept that must have been for them. What a radical concept it often is for me.
God is a good Father… way better than me. Surely, I can count on Him to come through for me. There is no reasonable explanation for my doubting. I will win! I will receive! I will be filled with joy… because He laughs with me… and loves me… and lavishes blessings on me.
Of course He does. Why would I think otherwise?
For the record, He feels exactly the same way about you. So put on your faith like Austin & believe for the best to come your way today!