Anyone who’s been to a Costco will know it takes a miracle to get a good parking spot, but this was just silly.
Earlier this week, as I drove into the lot, I looked at a row of parking spots far from the entrance and said to myself, “I’m more likely to get a spot there, so I’ll go down this lane.” But strangely, I felt God stir me, almost challenging me to ask for a better spot. Odd, right? Why a parking spot? It seemed too dumb to ask. Nevertheless, I asked—well, the words I used were, “God, show me something.”
So I passed the further lane and came to a lane right near the front door. As I pulled into that lane, a car was pulling out of its parking space, and I got that good spot. I couldn’t help but laugh and say, “Yep, I saw something.”
I know, I know, it’s a silly, seemingly pointless miracle. Did my life change drastically because of a parking spot? I doubt it. However, silly as this story is, it did remind me of two very important things about God.
One, God cares about the little things. I often hear, “Isn’t it arrogant to think that a giant God who’s ordering the universe would care about little old you?” Yet this is exactly who God says he is, the God who made the Heavens and the Earth, and the God who doesn’t let a sparrow fall without his notice (Matthew 10:29). God delights in you, and will shower down a million tiny, seemingly insignificant blessings to show you.
My life is full of these stories, from having enough money for a snack while being poor, to finding batteries in the dark. They’re small, silly things, but they regularly remind me that God cares about the silly things because he cares about me. About you.
The bigger implication, though, is that God wants to bless us if we ask him to. When I was in the Costco lot, God didn’t say, “Go to a closer spot,” he said, “Ask for a closer spot.” Jesus says, “Ask, and it shall be given to you.” (Matthew 7:7a), and James 4:2b says, “You do not have because you do not ask.”
Why does God want us to ask for things? Because he wants a relationship with you. Asking is part of any relationship, and it shows confidence and humility at the same time. It affirms God’s glory (we must ask, not just take) and trusts his relational character (his generous spirit). God wants to give good gifts, as Matthew 7:9-11 says. When you ask him for something, you’re trusting his good character.
Yes, there are selfish requests, and God is no genie. But God is also honored by bold requests because asking God for something bold means you A) know he can do it, and B) know that you can’t, and that C) you are relying on him.
Think about that: God wants you to ask big things of him. What big things do you need? Where are you at the end of your rope, past all power to help yourself? A giant bill coming due? A troublesome neighbor? An addiction? Go ask God, right now. Don’t delay. And believe that God not only can help you, but that he’s eagerly waiting for you to ask for that very thing.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.