“Please sir, can I have some more?” asked young Oliver in the great Dickens classic, Oliver Twist, as he fought for existence as a young orphan boy in London. His mates gasped in horror and wonder that he would dare ask. But Oliver knew he just wanted more.
How many times do we want more of life, more of the presence of God, more from friendship, more from ourselves at our job, more from the talent we’ve been given … but we don’t dare ask for fear of what it could cost us? I know on several occasions I have walked into a coffee shop and opt for a smaller size than what I really want because of the cost.
When my friend and I went to Rome last October, we tried some extremely good and strong espresso drinks. However, they were all much smaller than we were used to having. We wanted a grande! We happened upon a great little café in the Trastavere district with a very smiley man serving who didn’t speak a word of English. As we attempted to order a café latte, he motioned to his friend across the counter to interpret. With the help of charades we finally got across our request for a large coffee. The smiling barista man then showed us a larger glass and we smiled, nodded and thumbed-up a “Si! Gracias!” No more shots of espresso, we had a grande latte in Italy, and he didn’t even charge us extra.
It kind of makes me think differently about what we ask for in life. Do we approach life asking for greatness, and do we ask God to move on our behalf in big ways? Or do we stay where we’re at – afraid to ask for more for fear of what it could cost us? Of course we don’t deserve the “more”, but because our Heavenly Father is so amazing and loving, it’s His delight to give us good things (James 1:17).
We can ask boldly of God not because we deserve, but because He is a God of promise and His character never changes or waivers depending on ours.
I can be assured that if what I ask God for doesn’t fit His best plan for me or His timing, then I know He still has something great in mind (Jeremiah 29:11). Check out these great verses on asking of God! (Matthew 7:7-11; Matthew 18:19; Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 11:22; Ephesians 3:20; James 1:5; 1John 5:14)
My challenge today for myself is to ask for more of God’s presence in my life; more of myself creatively (and giving time to it!); more of friendships knowing that as I ask, that means it will cost me something as well.
Because as proper grammar has proven true – after a question, is the answer.