“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
– Matthew 7:7-8, NRSV
Last week, I interviewed for a position at a company. One of my major concerns about going back into the workforce is my unconventional schedule. In keeping with my call to be both artist and theologian, I am working on my MFA in creative writing. While the program has a low-residency model, it requires me to travel to my school twice a year. I have been afraid to share that with prospective companies.
However, on this past week, I took a chance. When asked for my additional questions, I told the interviewer about my prior commitment and asked if that would be a problem. She said that it would be not be a problem. Turns out that they have another employee who travels for graduate school every other month. I couldn’t believe it. I am so glad it was a phone interview because I’m sure she would have seen the red with glee glow on my vitiligo spot.
In reflecting, Matthew 7:7-8 came to mind. I wondered, how many times have I missed out because I didn’t ask? How many times did I choose lack over abundance because I assumed the answer would be no? It brought to mind a bigger prayer request. While I pray about it all the time, I really wasn’t believing that God would answer it. I was caught up in the downward spiral depicted in the media. I’m sure we all have this request on our minds right now.
As a citizen of this country, there is one thing for which I will no longer be afraid to ask God. I will no longer assume that the answer will be no. I will no longer let what I see discourage me from crying out to God. This nation in trouble and starting now, I am adding my requests to the collective voices of my cultural and spiritual ancestors who prayed and trusted God for better times.
God, help us to see each other in the imago Dei (the image of God) and to value each and every life equally. Help us to embrace the blessings of this nation in such a way that creates liberty and justice for all. Help us to feel compelled to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless, and provide affordable health care for all. Help us never to forget to be neighbor to those in need. Help us all to remember that there are more immigrants in this country than Native Americans. Help us to put faith before politics. Help us to put action to our faith in such a way that the light of Christ is seen and felt in every nook and cranny of this world. In our individual needs, help us to remember that you are with us always no matter what. Jesus, we believe but help our unbelief. In Christ name, Amen.
For what are you afraid to ask God? Where are you afraid to look for God’s presence and blessings? Which doors are you avoiding? Jesus is waiting for you to trust and believe. Add your seemingly impossible prayer requests to the collection.